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We are delighted to announce a brand new Poetry Competition for 2024.

We are open for submissions from February 27th –– June 30th.

There are three prize-winning categories in poetry:


A Year-Long Course worth £1,800

publication in The OSP Review

& a bottle of champagne from

Fortnum & Mason


A Manuscript Assessment worth £600

publication in The OSP Review

& chocolates from 

Fortnum & Mason


A Short Course or Dedicated Appraisal worth £120 

publication in The OSP Review

& tea or coffee from

Fortnum & Mason


Ten entries in poetry 

will receive an hour long Tutorial worth £50

will also receive individual feedback

and will be published in our quarterly magazine

The OSP Review


Twenty entries in poetry 

will receive individual feedback

and will be published in our quarterly magazine

The OSP Review

   The judge this year is Dr. Kirsten Norrie who is the author of two novels: The Wind of Voices and An American Book of the Dead, a non-fiction book: Scottish Lost Boys (Broken Sleep Books) and four critically acclaimed poetry collections as MacGillivray (Bloodaxe UK, Red Hen US). An OSP tutor, she judged the Bedford Poetry Competition and has previously taught for Oxford University, the Royal College of Art, the Poetry School and will be teaching at Arvon this year. Her work has appeared on BBC Radio 3 The Verb and Late Junction and in numerous poetry magazines and journals including: Magma, Butcher's Dog, Poetry Oxford, London Poetry and Modern Poetry in Translation.

To Submit, please send:

Poems: £10 per entry for a single poem of up to 100 lines. £20 for three poems. Please submit PDFs only and if submitting three poems please create a single document. All submissions must be anonymous, with no author name appearing anywhere in the document.

All competition queries should be directed to the editor, Alexis Thompson at:

We ask that all writers submitting their work agree becoming subscribers to a free subscription entitling them to a twice-weekly newsletter.

Please see full terms & conditions below, including formatting and submission details.



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One Poem 

Three Poems 

The OSP Poetry Competition 2024 Terms and Conditions

  • The start date for the OSP Poetry Competition is 1st March, 2024.

  • All entries must be received by midnight on 30th June, 2024.

  • All entries must be submitted online.

  • International entries are welcomed.

  • IMPORTANT: One entry form covers up to three poems, it is up to writers to submit three works in one PDF.

  • All submissions must be anonymous, with no author name appearing anywhere in the document.

  • Online entries will generate an automatic confirmation of receipt at the time of submission.

  • There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit.

  • Open to all eligible entrants over the age of 18.

  • Simultaneous submissions to other prizes and competitions are not permitted.

  • OSP students are not eligible to enter work which has been composed when studying with the OSP to the competition. All other work is eligible.

  • The standard entry fee is £10.00 per single poem ; three poems entered in the same PDF (one submission) £20.00.

  • Poems must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast, been placed first, second or third, or been awarded a prize in any other competition.

  • Poems must be no more than 100 lines and be composed in English. 

  • If a poem work does not have a title, the first line will be used to identify the poem.

  • Poems must be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font.

  • Please submit PDFs only.

  • Poems cannot be changed by the writer once entered.

  • The OSP editor reserves the right to suggest small editorial changes, subject to agreement.

  • All entries will be considered by the relevant judge.

  • The judge's decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

  • If a poem does not comply with the formatting rules, it will be disqualified.

  • Any plagiarised work will be disqualified.

  • Entry fees will not be returned in the event that a poem is disqualified.


  • The Poetry Competition winners will receive: first prize a free Year-Long Poetry Course worth £1800, second prize a free Build Your Own Collection or Manuscript Assessment worth £600 and third prize any three week course worth £120 for free. A short list of up to 10 poems and a long list of up to 20 poems will be drawn up. These poems will also be published in The OSP Review (subject to editorial). Feedback will be given on all entries.

  • A poem can only win one of the above prizes.

  • The prizewinning, shortlisted and longlisted poems  will be published in the following edition of The OSP Review.

  • The copyright of the poem belongs solely to the author.

  • The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judges' opinion, such an action is justified.


  • If a poem is shortlisted or has won the Poetry Prize then, once this has been made public, it cannot be withdrawn.

  • The results of the poetry competition will be announced on the website on July 31st, 2024, after the winners have been informed.

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