Poetry Competition 2020


5th Annual Competition to find the

Plumstead Poet Laureate 2020

Rob Thom – Plumstead Poet Laureate 2019

Following the success of previous competitions, it was decided that the “show must go on” and this year’s competition would go ahead but with the Final Night being online rather than in the Old Mill public house.

Although the competition is to find the Poet Laureate of Plumstead, here in South East London, it has always been open to anyone anywhere in the world. Therefore, this year gives the opportunity for entrants that live far away from Plumstead, to be present on Finals Night.

The poem can be happy, sad, reflective, amusing or anything in between with a title of your choice. It must be your original work, in English, previously unpublished and, although there will not be a limit on the number of words, anything deemed too long by the judges is unlikely to be short-listed.

Other Entry Rules: –

(i) The competition is open for entries from Monday 6th July 2020 and it will close at midnight on Friday 14th August 2020. Any entries received after that time will not be accepted.

(ii) Submissions must be made by email to poetry@plumstravaganza.co.uk

(iii) Confirmation of your entry being received will be made to you by email.

(iv) Format: The name, address and contact details must be supplied with every entry but on a separate sheet to the poem.
The poem must be type written. The reason for not including information about yourself on the same sheet as the poem is to ensure anonymity during the short-listing process.

(v) 1 or 2 poems can be entered by any individual, but they must be submitted on separate documents as outlined in (iv).

The Judging Process:

Short-listing will take place in the week commencing Monday 17th August. The judges will select what they consider to be the 12 best poems.

The poets of the short-listed entries will be informed by e-mail on or before Saturday 22nd August.

They will go through to the Finals Night to take place ONLINE, using the Zoom platform, on Tuesday 1st September from 8pm.

The Finals Night: –

This year, because of Final Night being online, four actors will read all the short-listed poems, and these will also be the short-listing judges that select these poems. Other than that, the process remains the same as follows: –

Before the Finals Night the short-listed poems will be split into 3 groups of 4 for what will be the semi-final stage.

On the night, the first group of 4 poems will be read and the audience online will be given the opportunity to vote by ballot as to which they think is the best poem in that section. The winning poem will go through to the Grand Final.

This process will be repeated twice more so that there will be 3 poems in total chosen for the Grand Final.

The Grand Final will follow the same format and voting process so that it is the public’s choice as to which poem is the winning entry.

NB There is no monetary prize associated with the competition.

Other finalists at Final Night 2019, with Caroline Barnett Poet Laureate 2018 (second right).