Overton Poetry Prize

Winning this yearly competition offers the chance to have your work published as a prize.

Overton Poetry Prize

This yearly competition offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines.

The first-placed entry will have 100 copies of their poem published. In addition, there will be two runners up who will each receive £50 book tokens. The winner of the competition will be invited to a launch event to celebrate the winning chapbook held at Loughborough University.

Each entry costs £12.

The Rules

The Overton Poetry Prize is organised by the English department at Loughborough University. Entries may be submitted from anywhere in the world. The Competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over.


Entries must be in English. Entries may be on any subject. Entries must not exceed 300 lines.

There is no restriction on the number of entries that any one competitor may submit. All entries will be anonymised before being read by the judges.


Entries must be received by Friday 7th February 2020.


Once an entry has been made we are unable to offer a subsequent refund.


The copyright of each entry remains with the author (although Loughborough University does retain the right to feature the winning poems on their website and associated websites).

By submitting an entry, the Entrant grants a non-exclusive licence to Loughborough University to publish the entry (and any background information supplied by the entrant) at www.lboro.ac.uk or any associated Loughborough University sites: for example, Loughborough University departmental Facebook pages. Whilst the copyright of the individual poems will remain with the author, copyright of the work in chapbook form will remain with Loughborough University.

One hundred copies of the completed chapbook will be printed by Lamplight Press, of which the winning entrant will receive 50 copies to sell. The winning entrant will keep all revenue from their 50 copies. The remaining 50 copies will be sold by Loughborough University and any profit generated will be returned to the Overton Poetry Prize Fund.

The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. As a condition of entering the Competition, entrants must ensure that by doing so, they do not contravene any laws of their own country of residence.

Entry of the Competition implies unqualified acceptance of all the Competition’s Rules.