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Entry Fee | Poetry |
DEADLINE 15th April 2012 Sunday  
ENTRY FEE £ 6 - £ 7 - $ 15 - € 15
PRIZE € 400 - Publication

The 12th international Poetry Competition is now open, closing 15th April 2012.
Entries by post or email.

Poems must not have been printed or published (including on internet) or have won a previous prize.
Entrants must be over 16 years old on 1st January 2012.

3 Categories:
Open (max.60 lines), adjudicator Gillian Clarke, Welsh National Poet
Formal (max 40 lines) adjudicator Carole Baldock, editor of Orbis
Short (max 10 lines) adjudicator Christopher North, who runs poetry courses at Almassera Vella,
Suggested but not obligatory theme: 'Beastly'
Each adjudicator will read all the poems in his/her category.


Prizes: overall winner: Silver Wyvern and €400
Please note: the overall winner will be chosen from the winners of all three categories
Two prizes of €200 each to winners of other two categories.
Three runners-up prizes (one in each category) of €100 each
Prizewinners who come in person will also receive, besides the cash prize, an object of design awarded by Alessi

EXTRA: 10 minute readings at Celebration for all prizewinners present and the first three poems in the Formal category will be offered publication in Orbis..

Postal entries: £5 per poem or €12 for 2 poems or $10 per poem from November till end March. postmarked April: £6 or € 15 or $15 per poem.
Email entries (preferably as Word attachments) to poetryonthelake(at)
£7 per poem or €15 ( for two poems) or $15 per poem.
Critique service: £10 or €15 or $20 per poem, max 40 lines.

UK & Italy: cheques, or BPOs crossed. only, payable to G.Griffin-Hall (NOT to Poetry on the Lake), or pay through Paypal (button below).
Euroland, USA , ROW: euro or US dollar notes (no coins) wrapped in silver foil.
By Paypal: calculate total fee, click button Donate, thern enter amount on Paypal page.
(A liitle extra, as support of Poetry on the Lake, will be much appreciated)

No entry form required. Send 2 copies of each poem, mark category top right; one copy anonymous, other with contact details, email, fee sent, on the back!. If via email, preferably send as Word attachments. Usual competition rules apply..

Do not send SAE. We will send results to winners July at latest and they will be on website. Those who wish results by post please add £3 (€5, $10).

The same poem may be entered in two or more categories but will count each time as a separate entry. A competitor may win 2 or 3 prizes, each in a different category, but no more than one prize in a single category. Results on site July, winners contacted beforehand.

Possible publication for winning and selected poems (we try to contact all authors first, although entry to the competition implies automatic permission to publish). Copyright remains with the author.

Awards in the autumn, with reading of winners & commended.

SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio, 28016 Orta NO, Italy. (n.b. please use correct postage for Italy and seal envelopes securely), or email poetryonthelake (at)

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