Competition News:

There’s a chance to have your poetry published in a 20-page paperback while also supporting the homeless, with the added benefit of being selected by this year’s prestigious judge, George Szirtes. The Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition is unusual as the entry fee per poem is just £2.50 to make it possible for everybody to have a try. The winner will also be selected on the basis of just one prizewinning poem (maximum length 40 lines), so you don’t have to submit the whole chapbook for a chance of being published. If you want to submit more poems there are discounts, with 6 poems costing just £10.

The winner will receive 50 copies of their chapbook to keep, sell, or give to friends. They will also be invited to read at the regular Lumen and Camden venues, if they can make it and would like to, and their chapbooks will also be offered for sale online and at the twice-monthly events. All money raised from chapbook sales by the publishers and by the Camden and Lumen project will go to the Cold Weather Shelters.

The closing date each year is February 14th, but it’s never too soon to enter. The chapbook will be published by Ward Wood Publishing.

You can enter by post by sending your poems and a cheque (made payable to ‘Caris Camden’) to Ruth O’Callaghan, or you can send the poems by post and pay by Paypal if you prefer. For international and other entries it’s possible to enter by using Paypal and then either posting the poems or sending them in an email. Regulars at the Camden and Lumen open mic events can hand their entry to Ruth, who will pass them on to George Szirtes. There is no need for an application form as you can put the titles of the poems plus your name, address and contact details on a separate sheet of paper.

For postal entries the address is: Ruth O’Callaghan, 49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake London, SW14 8HF.

To enter online, to get the Paypal link, and for full details and rules, go to the competition page on

Do join in and also post details about this competition on your own blogs and websites as the competition is likely to raise a substantial amount to help the homeless while also giving a poet a highly desirable prize.