Home Poetry Features Poetry Competitions News Contact Us About Us
Poetry Competitions UK
Below is a Selection of Recent Prize Winners. Congratulations to You All!

This page lists the official winners from our most recent free to enter national poetry competitions. Use this section to find out who won the latest poetry prizes - you can even read the winning entries and see which work the judges picked out!


Road To Success Winner

The Road To SuccessHow do we measure achievements? Is it by what we gain in the material - money, fame, possessions? Is it winning - getting to the top of our profession, sport or hobby? Whatever it is you're proud of,  we wanted to read your thoughts in verse.





Read more...


Political Fortunes Winner

Political FortunesIf there was ever a time to be inspired by politics, it was last year. The EU Referendum, David Cameron's resignation, the Conservative leadership race, a new Prime Minister, the rise and fall and rise again of Boris Johnson. There was no shortage of material and we wanted to hear your thoughts.





Read more...


Perfect Pets - Winner

Perfect Pets CompetitionAs April is National Pet Month we were looking for you to create a special poem about pets: your pet, pet habits, a dream pet, unusual pets, what it’s like having a pet… anything that inspires you about our furry, feathered or scaly friends we wanted to hear.

Congratulations to the winner of £25 and a copy of Perfect Pets...





Read more...


Limerick Legends - Winner

Limerick Legends CompetitionThere once was a young poet from Limerick, who had to tell his poem pretty quick… That’s was behind our new competition Limerick Legends to celebrate National Limerick Day in May.

Congratulations to our winner...








Read more...


Inspirational Idol - Winner

Inspirational Idols

What does being an idol really mean? We invited you to write about what idols mean to you. Maybe there is an idol in your life that inspires you in some way or you’ve got something to say about what an idol is or should be.

Congratulations to our winner...


Read more...


Immersed In Words Winner

Congratulations to our general book winner who has won £25 for their poetry...

Read more...


The Life And Times - Winner

Everyone has a story. Every person experiences the ups and downs, the happiness and heartbreak that weave together to make up life. Whatever your experience we wanted you to use the power of the verse to us the story that deserves to be told.

Congratulations to our winner...





Read more...


Poetic Forms - Winner

The emphasis here is not what you write, but how you write it. We wanted you to write a poem using a specific poetic form.

Congratulations to our winner...




Read more...


Love Is In The Air - Winner

Love is something that touches all our lives. Whether it comes from our family, friends, pets or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with. Whatever love means to you, we wanted you to share your thoughts with us in verse.

Congratulations to our winner...

 



Read more...


World At War - Winner

World At WarThroughout history war has always seemed a part of life, involving the country we live in and countries across the world. What are your feelings on war? Do you strive for everlasting peace?

Congratulations to our winner...


Read more...


An Ode To... Winner

Love is in the airAn ode is typically written in praise of, or as a dedication, to someone or something that captures the poet's interest or is an inspiration for their ode. Thank you for all the wonderful odes that were sent in!

We are pleased to announced the winner is...


Read more...


Animal Antics 2015 Winner

Animal Antics were looking for poems to express your love for animals, whether they are a dog, cat, horse or budgie, for our Animal Antics collection!

It could have been a poem about their antics, habits or why they mean so much to you.

Thank you to everyone who took part and congratulations to our winner...


Read more...


Stepping Stones - A Collection of Poetry

Stepping Stones - A Collection Of Poetry is a Forward Poetry general anthology full of well written interesting poems from talent poets from across the UK.


From this collection we selected the best poem and that poet has won a £25 cash prize. Thank you to everyone who has been published in our general anthology!


Read more...


Flash Fiction Winner

Love is in the airFlash Fiction asked for story's using no more than 100 words on any theme. You could have added a twist to your story, had a cliff-hanger ending or offer a complete tale in the 100-word limit.


We are pleased to announce that the winner is...


Read more...


Sonnets For Shakespeare - Winner

Love is in the airWilliam Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. His plays are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

We are pleased to announced the winner is...

Read more...


Over The Page Winner

Congratulations to Sorin Whittle who has won £25 for her poem 'Sad Birds' which was published in Over The Page - A Collection Of Poetry.

Read more...


Love Is In The Air Winner

Love is in the airLove is something that touches all our lives. Whether it comes from our family, friends, pets or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with, love is the emotion that shapes our existence.

Congratulations to our winner....





Read more...


The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Winner

What is your most wonderful time of the year? Do you love the summer days or do you prefer being snuggled up inside on a cold winter’s eve instead? We invited you to share your favourite season with us in verse.

Congratulations to our winner...




Read more...


A Year Gone By Winner

As 2015 approached, we invited you to write a poem on the subject of the past year. What were your memorable moments from the past twelve months? Maybe you shared something personal or perhaps a news story struck a chord with you, how did 2014 turn out for you?




Read more...


Where Shadows Fall Winner

We invited you to share with us your haunting poetry, from ghosts to black dust and anything in-between, scare us witless with your poetry! Well done to everyone who was selected for publication and congratulations to our winner...




Read more...


Life's Prism - A Collection Of Poetry

Life's Prism - A Collection Of Poetry is a Forward Poetry general anthology full of well written interesting poems from talent poets from across the UK.

From this collection we selected the best poem and that poet has won a £25 cash prize. Thank you to everyone who has been published in our general anthology!


Read more...


Celebrations Winner

“Do you remember when …” - Sharing fond memories with family and friends is something we all do, from funny moment to memories that come flooding back when you hear a certain song or see a particular photo. We welcomed your poem in any style or format.





Read more...


Poems For Children Winner

We invited poets to write a poem for children. You could write a modern twist on a classic nursery rhyme, a funny ditty, or a poem about a current popular children’s toy or activity.



 


Read more...


In Flanders Field Winner

The First World War claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and was a turning point in world history. We invited you to pay tribute in verse and we have created a special poetry collection to mark the centenary of ‘The Great War’.




Read more...


An Ode To... Winner

An Ode ToAn ode is typically written in praise of, or as a dedication, to someone or something that captures the poet's interest or is an inspiration for their ode. We gave you the chance to dedicate a poem that praises and celebrates the wonders of your chosen subject!





Read more...


Love Is In The Air Winner

Love is in the airLove is something that touches all our lives. Whether it comes from our family, friends, pets or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with, love is the emotion that shapes our existence. We wanted to hear what your experiences of love have been for this special anthology.





Read more...


Off The Page - A Collection Of Poetry Winner

Off The Page - A Collection Of Poetry is a Forward Poetry general anthology full of well written interesting poems from talent poets from across the UK.

From this collection we selected the best poem and that poet has won a £25 cash prize. Thank you to everyone who has been published in our general anthology!

Read more...


A Mother To Me Winner

A Mother To MeA mum is always looking out for you, helping and guiding you, full of advice and pearls of wisdom no matter your age. In March we wanted to hear why your mother figure is so special to you.


Overall winner has won £25!





Read more...


Into Darkness Winner

Who can tell what is lurking in the shadows? We invited you to submit a poem based around things that go bump in the night. The poem could be specifically written about ghosts, ghouls, shadows and other creepy beings.

Read more...


A Guiding Light Winner

Summer is drawing to a close, the time of year is approaching where many diverse faiths will be celebrating their own Festival of Lights, to remember how they have been looked after during a difficult time or a period of darkness, to celebrate victory of good over evil and hope after overcoming the worst adversity.

Read more...


One Week Poetry Challenge Winner

For our One Week Poetry Challenge we wanted you to submit a poem you have written, which you feel is your favourite and most loved piece. The overall winner would be crowned Forward Poetry's most-loved poet and win 25 copies of their very own pamphlet. Thank you to everyone that entered!

Read more...


Animal Antics Winner



Animal Antics were looking for poems to express your love for animals, whether they are a dog, cat, horse or budgie, for our Animal Antics collection! Thank you everyone who entered.

Read more...


Big Brother Is Watching You! Winner



With the renewed interest in George Orwell’s classic “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, we wanted to hear your poems on similar themes. It could be a future forecast of political dystopia, or a commentary on today’s surveillance society. Whatever your view, we wanted to hear it.


Read more...


Obsessions Winner



There’s a fine line between obsession and love. Has a relationship you’ve had taken on a darker element? Perhaps you have a particular obsession, whether healthy or not, that you’d like to share? Whatever the take, we wanted to hear your poetry.

Read more...


Royal Expectations Winner

  

With the birth of Prince George last July, we invites you to submit a poem to celebrate the arrival of the royal baby.

Read more...


Spirit Of Spring Winner

  

When flurries of snow are replaced by mild breezes, animals emerge from hibernation and new buds begin to bloom. We invited you to submit a poem based on the theme of Spring.


Read more...


A Mother To Me Winner

  

Mother’s Day in March was a great opportunity to think about the inspirational female figure in your life, and what they mean to you. A mum can be the woman you always look up to, even when you’re tall enough to see eye to eye!

Read more...


A World At War Winner



Throughout history war has always seemed a part of life, involving the country we live in and countries across the world. A constant fear of a Third World War casts a dark shadow over us. What are your feelings on war? Do you strive for everlasting peace? We wanted to hear your thoughts on this subject in the form of a poem.


Read more...


Endless Love Winner

  

Whether it comes from our family or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with, love is the emotion that shapes our existence. What are your experiences of love? Whatever love means to you, we wanted to hear your inner romantic thoughts and share them with us in verse.

Read more...


A Day In Time Winner

   Is there a day in your past, one day, that sticks out for you? Did you have a life-changing experience or was it just particularly memorable for reasons good or bad? And the winner of £25 is...

Read more...


Thankful Thoughts Winner

 Thankful Thoughts invited you to share all the things you are thankful for and just what it is that has you brimming with gratitude. Thank you to everyone who entered!

Read more...


Into The Shadows Winner

 As the nights draw in, shadows grow deeper and a chill penetrates the air. Is it just a change in the weather you can feel creeping at the back of your neck or is it something ... else? We wanted you to delve into the darkest shadows of your imagination and send us a poem that will leave us trembling with fear.

Read more...


End Of Days Winner

According to some beliefs, the world is due for a transformative event on 21st December 2012, maybe Armageddon or a positive spiritual transformation depending on the viewpoint. Whatever your interpretation of the theme, we wanted your thoughts in poetry and you could of won £25!

Read more...


A Year Gone By Winner

As we approached the conclusion of another year, we’d invited you to write a poem on the subject of the past year. What were your memorable moments from the past twelve months? Let us know how 2012 turned out for you.

Read more...


Summer Of Sport Winner

We invited you to submit a poem on all that is sporting. Would this be Andy Murray’s year at Wimbledon? Will the boys in red and white do the job or crash out early in the football and will we win any gold in the Olympics? Whatever you are inspired to write, we wanted you to be part of this Summer of Sport and send us your poetry to win £500!

 


Read more...


Fun In The Sun Winner

Summer is definitely upon us! Where do you like to go to get away from it all? Do you have a particular place you always go back to or do you prefer discovering new and exciting getaways? Whatever the reason, we wanted you to bring your favourite holiday destination to life in verse.

Read more...


Family Ties Winner

Families come in all shapes and sizes. From 25th-31st August National Family Week was celebrated to encourage families to spend more quality time together. To join in we wanted you to write a poem on the theme of family.

Read more...


Down Memory Lane Winner

It is said that it is more important to count the memories than the years. With this in mind we invited you to write a poem about your treasured memories.. Whatever causes you to look back with a smile, we wanted to hear about it.

Read more...


Queen's Jubilee Winner

To mark 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign we selected poems to feature in an exquisite anthology capturing the thoughts and feelings of a multitude of writers. Poems could be about the celebrations that took place over the Jubilee weekend on 2nd-5th June, looking back over her reign and how things have changed, or even her coronation in 1953.

Read more...


World At Our Feet Winner

We invited you to submit a poem on the theme of the enviroment and nature. Whether your poem was about climate change, natural disaters or simply the beauty of the world we wanted to hear your thoughts through poetry to win £25.

Read more...


Spring To Life Winner

We asked you to write a poem with the theme spring in mind. You might of decided to write about the nature blossoming to life, new beginnings or even spring cleaning. Whatever your thoughts of Spring we wanted to hear it.

Read more...


Holding Out For A Hero Winner

For this competition we wanted to her your thoughts on anyone you consider to be a hero. It could have been the traditional superhero, an iconic hero of the past or even someone special you know. Whoever you look up to, this was a perfect opportunity to express how you feel about them.

Read more...


Forward Poetry Regionals 2012 Winners

Each year Forward Poetry invites poets from across the UK to send in a poem specially written for the competition or a personal favourite to mark our anniversary. The top three poets will be awarded with a prize (1st prize £250, 2nd prize £150 and 3rd prize £50).

Read more...


Fear Itself Winner

Spiders? Clowns? Heights? The dark? What is it that you’re afraid of? We asked you to send us a poem on the subject of fears and phobias. It could be about a specific something that you or someone you know is afraid of. Serious or sad, frightening or funny, we wanted to hear your phobic poetry.

Read more...


Aspects of Love Winner

Whether it comes from your family or that special someone you choose to spend your life with, love is the emotion that shapes our existence. Whatever love means to you, it’s time to unleash your inner romantic and share your thoughts with us in verse.
 

Read more...


Virtue of Vice Winner

Chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility: The seven heavenly virtues. Lust, greed, envy, sloth, gluttony, wrath, pride: The seven deadly sins. Which one takes your fancy?
We invited you to submit a poem on the subject of the seven heavenly virtues or the seven deadly sins.

Read more...


Animal Antics Winner 2011/12

Animal Antics invited poets with a love of animals to send in poems about their pets, why they love them, their character, funny stories and fond memories for our Animal Antics collection. Poets had the opportunity to not only have their poem published but to have a photograph of their much-loved pet also published alongside. The overall winner in this anthology will receive a cash prize of £1,000!


Read more...


At Year's End

At Years End invited poets to send in poems all about the latter months of the year. It may be the time for religious festivals, feasting, exchanging gifts with family and friends or even getting away from the cold and chaos by jetting off to warmer climes. However you celebrate and whatever you get up to in the winter months, we wanted to hear your poems.

Read more...


Spirit of Adventure

Forward Poetry invited you to send us your poetry on the subject of exploration and adventure. It could of been celebrating the exploits of explorers from the past or speculating about what there is left to discover in the future. Or perhaps a subject closer to home; an adventure you’ve had or dream of having, or even the adventure that is your life. Whatever your ideas about exploration, we wanted to hear your thoughts.

Read more...


Clock Strikes Thirteen

Clock Strikes Thirteen invited poets to send in their poems all about ghosts, ghouls or even the supernatural as the dark nights started to set in. Poets had the opportunity to be published in a special anthology and the chance to be the winning poet, winning £25!

Read more...


Forever Friends

In August we celebrated Friendship Day. This was a time to think about our friendships in the past and present that have been important to us. We wanted you to take some time to thank your closest friends and send us a poem about what they mean to you. Poets had the chance to be published and also win £25 chosen by our editorial team!

Read more...


Summer Scenes

Summer Scenes invited poets to bring the sunshine back into our lives by sending us poetry about whatever memories or feelings Summer evoked. Maybe it was a favourite summer holiday or simply a day at the seaside. Poets had the opportunity to be published and also win £25 for the best poem.

Read more...


Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom invited poets to send in poetry about any wise words that they may have to pass down to younger generations. Whether it be advice on love, life, world harmony or even just how to bake the perfect cake we wanted to hear your words of wisdom. Poets had the chance to be published and also the winning poem won £25!

Read more...


Regionals Collection 2011 Competition

Each year Forward Poetry invites poets from across the UK to send in a poem specially written for the competition or a personal favourite to mark our anniversary. The top three poets will be awarded with a prize (1st prize £250, 2nd prize £150 and 3rd prize £100).

Read more...


Teachers' Secrets

Teachers' Secrets invited teachers to put their pens to paper and tell us all their funny secrets. They could tell us about secrets in their classrooms, playground, office or canteen! The winning entry will be chosen and win an Apple iPad!

Read more...


Yesterday's Stars Winner

Following the recent death of movie icon Elizabeth Taylor, we invite poets to send us poetic tributes to the famous faces of the past: the idols who have inspired generations and left legacies in their wake. With fabulous performances either in front of the camera, on stage or in concert, many of the best stars also lived dramatic lives of romance and intrigue out of the heat of the spotlight. Which famous hero of the past has always captured your imagination, inspired you or even won your heart?

Read more...


My Father Figure Winner

Father's Day took place in June and it's a great opportunity to think about the inspirational father figure in your life, and what they mean to you. A dad can be the man you always look up to, even when you're tall enough to see eye to eye! They can be the guiding hand helping you, even when you don't know that they're there. Perhaps your most influential father figure was not your flesh and blood, but was instrumental in raising you and making a positive difference to your life. We invited poets to send us poem's inspired by their father figure and honour them in verse.

Read more...


Laughter Lines Winner

Our modern world can often feel humourless, with disaster and war filling the news reports and unhappiness closer to home, and so occasionally it's good to kick back and have a giggle. With this in mind, we welcome your poetry on any theme as long as it's light-hearted and fun, creative and witty! It could be in the often comedic form of a limerick, or a longer narrative poem, whatever the style, we challenge you to make us smile!


Read more...


Animal Antics Winner 2010/11

Animal Antics invited poets with a love of animals to send in poems about their pets, why they love them, their character, funny stories and fond memories for our Animal Antics collection. Poets had the opportunity to not only have their poem published but to have a photograph of their much-loved pet also published alongside. The overall winner in this anthology will receive a cash prize of £1,000!

Read more...


New Beginnings Winner

New Beginnings competition invited poets to send in poems about how the enjoyable but hectic time of Christmas and New Year is now over and you now have time to think, what will next year bring? Is it a year for resolutions and changes to make the most of life?

Read more...


Hello Happiness Winner

Hello Happiness competition invited poets to send in poems about the things in life that make you feel happy and bring a smile to your face. Poets had the chance to be included in this poetry collection full of sunshine and smiles and also the opportunity to win a prize!

Read more...


Mum's the Word Winner

Mum's The Word competition invited poets to send in a special poem about their mother or mother figure in their life. Not just the person who brought you into this life, it could be a step-mum, grandmother or female figure who has always been a constant in your life. The chosen overall winner will receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in this touching tribute.

Read more...


National Poetry Day Winners

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 6th October we invited poets to send us poems keeping in mind the theme 'Games'. Ten winners have been selected and will all receive a copy of either 'Writing Poetry'or 'Publishing Poetry', courtesy of Need 2 Know Books.

Read more...


International Literacy Day Winners

We would like to thank everyone who entered our International Literacy Day prize draw. I am pleased to announce that the top ten poems have been chosen and are all featured below. The top ten poets will all be receiving a copy of Creating Fictional Characters The Essential Guide courtesy of  Need 2 Know Books.

Read more...


Joining Forces

For Remembrance Sunday we asked poets to send us poems for the Joining Forces competition to show support for our troops, both past and present. For this great cause we have given 10p per entry received to The British Royal Legion. The grand total that The Royal British Legion received was £45.10. We would like to thank everyone who took part for this special cause. 

Read more...


Poppy Fields

Poppy Fields competition invited poets to send in poems inspired by the fallen of World War I and II and all the heroes and heroines of yesterday and today. For this great cause we have given 10p per entry received to The British Royal Legion. The grand total that The Royal British Legion received was £45.30. We would like to thank everyone who took part for this special cause.


Read more...


Happily Ever After - Poems & Stories for Children

Congratulations to our top 5 winners who will all receive a free copy of this charming children’s collection. Our 1st prize winner will also be receiving a £200 self publishing gift voucher for Proprint.

1st Prize - Charlotte O'Leary Mary The Repairy Fairy

Runners up

Foqia Hayee The Monster Who Lived Up In The Mountain

Anneliese Paterson The Frightening Tale Of Boris Bold

Margaret Day Harriet's Hayfever

Zoe Brown John The Duck





Regionals Collection 2010 Competition

Congratulations to the top three poets who have been chosen to receive cash prizes for their well structured poems based on their region! 

Read the winning poems:

1st Prize (£250) Bill Schaeffer - Southwold
2nd Prize (£150)S Jacks - The Leaf
3rd Prize (£100) W H Spry - The Promenade Of Life





Love Poem Competition

Richard Hirst's poem won the Love Poem Competition, for his heart-felt and moving poem he will have his own book of poems produced into a softback book with his own cover designed and 100 copies printed.

Read Richard Hirts' prize-winning poem, Love or Obsession





Royal Invitation Competition

Victor Lown's poem won the Royal Invitation Competition, he was awarded with his poem professionally printed and framed. The Royal Couple will also receive Victor's poem framed as a wedding gift.

Read Victor Lown's prize-winning poem, What Love Is




Animal Antics 2010 Collection

Winner of 2010 Animal Antics

Congratulations to Rosemary Long, whose touching and heartfelt poem
wins her £500

Read Rosemary Long's prize -winning poem, We Got You





One in a Million Competition

Congratulations to Josephine Isles and Lily Hewitt (17) who were chosen as our 'One in a Million' hamper winners. 




Letters to Juliet Free Prize Draw

Letters to Juliet

Congratulations to Jade Louise Piggott, South Yorkshire and Pamela Stewart, Co. Tyrone who've each won a copy of 'Letters to Juliet' thanks to our friends at Stewart, Tabori & Chang.





Forward Poetry Top 50 21st Birthday Celebration Poetry Winners


Congratulations to our top 50 21st birthday celebration poets, who've each won a bottle of Champagne! Thank you to all of our contributors for making our 21st anniversary anthologies special - and a HUGE thank you for all your support over the last 21 years.

View our list of winners





Love's Many Mysteries


Winner of Love's Many Mysteries

Congratulations to Jacqueline Rowlands from Newquay! The Forward Press editors chose her beautiful poem as the deserving winner of the £500 prize.

Read Jacqueline's prize-winning poem, She Was Just Called Love





Animal Antics 2009


Winner of 2009 Animal Antics

Congratulations to Jackie Buckle, whose Animal Antics poem was the editorial team's favourite and has won her a £1,000 prize. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this fantastic competition. We're sure you'll agree the final edition is simply adorable!





Animal Antics 2008


Winner of 2008 Animal Antics

Congratulations to Molly Mettam from Derbyshire, our Animal Antics 2008 £1,000 prizewinner. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this fantastic collection, we're sure you'll agree the final edition is simply adorable!





Poetry Competitions

More details...

Forward Poetry Social

What's New

Poetry news...
 
Tel: 01733 890099    Email: inbox@forwardpoetry.co.uk


Forward Poetry's ethos has always been to act as a bridge to publication rather than a barrier. This, along with our passion for poetry and creative writing, has seen a humble family business evolve into the biggest publisher of new poetry in the world. We understand that poetry is subjective, that everyone writes in a different style and that what one person can love, another can hate! Our collections showcase a variety of themes, writing styles and poets from all walks of life. They are carefully edited and compiled to celebrate and complement the craft that all of our contributors enjoy poetry.

Read more...








Forward Poetry, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 9BF

Home | News | About Us | Poetry Competitions | Winners | Workshops | Upload Entry | Events | Publication Timeline | Meet the Poets | Poet Publish | Contact Us

Bonacia Ltd is a Limited Liability company incorporated in England and Wales with registered number 05368980. Our VAT registration number is 102781343. Our site uses cookies to store information. By viewing this site, you agree to our Cookie Policy and Terms & Conditions.

© Forward Poetry - Poetry Publishers UK