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The New Beginnings Poetry Competition

Enter our poetry competition judged by Anthony Anaxagorou.

To celebrate the launch of our brand-new six-week online Writing Poetry course, led by renowned poet Anthony Anaxagorou, we’re thrilled to open the New Beginnings Poetry Competition for submissions.

We’re inviting you to try your hand at poetry, whether this is a new form for you or you’re already a constant notebook lyricist. If you’re interested in learning more about poetry we want to hear from you!


The theme for this competition is ‘New Beginnings’. Your poem should respond to the theme, and you can interpret this prompt in any way you choose – we would like to encourage you to be as creative and inventive as you like. We’re looking for a spark and most importantly engaging writing.



£500, a free place on our six-week online Writing Poetry course and publication of your poem on our blog.


A free place on our six-week online Writing Poetry course and publication of your poem on our blog.

Entry Requirements

This prize is free to enter.

Entrants must be over the age of 18, currently residing in the UK or Ireland and writing in English.

Poems must not exceed 40 lines (excluding title) and should respond to the theme ‘New Beginnings’.

Your poem should be previously unpublished.

Entrants must not have previously published a full collection of poetry with a traditional publisher. If you have had a different poem included in an anthology, or in a publication or magazine, you are eligible to enter.

One entry per person.

Submissions close at 11.59 pm on 21 January 2022.

Please read the full terms and condition of entry here.

Judge Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His poetry has been published in POETRY, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, New Statesman, Granta, and elsewhere. His second collection After the Formalities, published with Penned in the Margins, is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year. In 2020 he published How To Write It with Merky Books. Anthony is an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton, artistic director of Out-Spoken – a monthly poetry and music night held at London’s Southbank Centre – and publisher of Out-Spoken Press. His forthcoming poetry collection Heritage Aesthetics will be published by Granta in 2022.


We will award prizes on the basis of proven writing ability. We ask applicants to send us the their poem (of no more than 40 lines) as a word document or PDF, and to fill out the below application form by 23 January 2022.

Our Head Judge Anthony Anaxagorou will select the winning poem from a shortlist of 20 poets, chosen by the Curtis Brown Creative team. The 20 poems on the shortlist will be anonymised before Anthony sees them.

The winner will be announced Thursday 3 February 2022.

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The New Beginnings Poetry Competition

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