Are you the next Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year?

John Baylis Poet - Winner 2014
2014 Poet of the Year John Baylis

This March saw the 2015 launch of Canterbury Festival’s much loved Poet of the Year Competition.

Last year’s competition saw over 170 entries from all over the world, including Switzerland, Macedonia and America. From the many entries, a long list of 36 is chosen, which are then published in an anthology, available from Canterbury Festival Office. The entries are then whittled down to a trim 14, from which the final Poet of the Year is selected.

Poets need not write on a particular theme, and are free to submit in any style of their choosing. Last year’s winner was Irish poet John Baylis, and his poem Hengliss: Fragments. As reigning Poet, Bayliss will form part of the judging panel this year.

If you have some work squirrelled away at home, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase your work in the wonderful context of Canterbury Festival.

Entries cost £5 per poem and must not have been published in any form (including personal blogs) prior to the Awards night on October 8, 2015. The competition is open to poets internationally.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 19 June 2015. Entries may be emailed to or posted/delivered to: Adult Poetry Competition, Canterbury Festival Office, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JA by 12:00 midnight on that date. Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy.

Please refer to the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Guidelines for full terms and conditions.