• South Downs Poetry Festival Competition

      The Binsted Prize


      Binsted Arts and the South Downs Poetry Festival

      are collaborating to run a competition for


      judged by James Simpson

      James Simpson is a Jerwood/Arvon award winner and a prizewinner in the Thomas Hardy
      Society’s James Gibson Memorial Poetry Competition. He is author of several collections of
      poems including: The Untenanted Room (Agenda Editions 2011) and
      The Rhyme of the Reddleman’s Daughter (Hedgehog Poetry Press 2018).


      Original unpublished poems on any theme are invited  

      Prizes: £250, £150, £50 

      Entry fee: £5 for the first poem, £4.00 for each subsequent poem.

      The closing date is Friday, March 29, 2019

       Prizewinners will be invited to read their poems in Binsted Church (BN18 0LL)

      during the poetry evening, one of the events in the 2019 Binsted Art Festival,

      on Friday 7 June, 2019 at 7 pm


      Poetry Competition Entry Form 2019 

      Name __________________________________________________________

      Address __________________________________________________________

      Postcode __________________________________________________________

      Email __________________________________________________________

      Phone __________________________________________________________

      Title/s of Poem/s:



      Send 2 copies of poems, each on a separate sheet, with entry form, to:

                       Competition Secretary, Shirley Park, Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0AN

      No author names on poems - personal details to go on entry form.only 

      Poems must be the original work of the named author and must not have been previously published or won a prize in any competition. Poems being submitted to other competitions can be accepted subject to withdrawal if another prize is awarded before winners in this competition are notified of placings.

      Poems must not exceed 50 lines, must be typed, single spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point.

      The judge will read all entries and his decision is final. Copyright remains with the author.  


      Entry fee £5 for first poem, £4 for each subsequent poem.
      Send cheque/postal order with poem(s) OR pay online at:
      www.thenovium.org/sdpoetry and then write your reference number below.
      I enclose a cheque payable to Binsted Arts for £___________________________
      OR I have paid online and my reference no. is ____________________________

      Details of the Binsted Arts Festival 2019 will be posted on


      and for the South Downs Poetry Festival on www.sdpf.org.uk/