Christmas 2021 Poetry Competition

Christmas 2021 Poetry Competition

Published on Tuesday 20 July 2021

We’re looking for new poems to feature in our forthcoming festive title Together for Christmas. As well as publication, you’ll win copies of the pamphlet and a cash prize.

The pamphlet will be an uplifting celebration of reunions and gatherings with family or friends – something that many of us have missed so much in recent times.

A PDF copy of this information can be downloaded here.


The competition is now open for submissions and closes at midnight on 13th August 2021.


Only one poem per poet please.  Your poem should be no longer than 37 lines. It must also be in English, new, unpublished, and not currently submitted elsewhere.


It’s free to enter. Email your poem to as a Word document or PDF file with your poem’s title and your own name as the file name. Please include your contact details in the body of the email.


The winners will be selected for inclusion in our pamphlet. As well as publication, you will receive 20 copies of Together for Christmas and a cash prize of £75.


Entries will be judged by the Candlestick Press editorial team (Di Slaney and Kathy Towers). No correspondence will be entered into and the judges’ decision is final. The winners will be announced in September 2021 via social media.

Good luck! We look forward to reading your entries.

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