31st December 2018
Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16.
The competition is organized by The Moth magazine.
The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the poem is previously unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.
The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges include Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia Flynn and Billy Collins.
The Prize is for a single unpublished poem. You can write on any subject and there is no line limit.
Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet. You can enter as as many poems as you like (at a cost of 12 € per poem).
Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast.
This year’s judge is Jacob Polley.
Entry fee is €12 per poem.
• 1st prize: 10,000 €
• 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000