For original, previously unpublished poems, written in English, on any subject, and in any style up to 50 lines long. Poets of all ages, genders, or nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Prize-winning, commended, and specially mentioned poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and print).

Competition Details

Poems may be on any subject or style, and must not have been previously published or posted on a website or blog. Poems posted on members-only writing groups for workshop purposes as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poems must also not be under consideration for publication or accepted for publication elsewhere. Poets of all nationalities living anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.

Length: Maximum 50 lines per poem

Entry Fees: £4/1 poem, £7/2 poems, £9/3 poems, £11/4 poems, £12.00/5 poems. (You may enter as many poems as you wish – with the applicable fees.)


  • First: £200.00
  • Second: £100.00
  • Third: £50.00,
  • Highly Commended: £20 x 3
  • Commended: £10 x 3.

Contact: Enter online using PayPal or download Entry Form for postal entries at

First Publication: The winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine online and in print (January – March 2018) issue on 31st January 2018)

Results due: 15th January 2018 announced in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine online at

Judge: Abegail Morley

Competition Administration: Sentinel Poetry Movement 

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