Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, 2018

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to launch its 2018 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:

Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over),

English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language).

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200. You can enter the competition here (or via this link: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/).

We are very excited to announce that this year’s judge is the celebrated and award-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi, whose first full-length collection, Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus), recently won the prestigious £30,000 Dylan Thomas Award.

The competition deadline is 11pm on Monday 6 August 2018. It costs £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Please read the full competition terms and conditions before entering, which you can find via the entry page on our website.


If you have any questions and cannot find answers on our FAQs page, please e-mail us via poetrycomp@brookes.ac.uk


Kelechi Njoku – ‘By Way of a Life Pot’

‘Anyway, it was important that no one knew how Hyacinth would die. Leaving a suicide note would be narcissistic, and it was even more important that his body would not be found decomposing – least of all by a distant neighbour whose last name he didn’t know’.