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The Arvon International Poetry Competition 2006 is now open. The competition has been running for twenty-five years and first opened in 1980 with Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Philip Larkin amongst the judges. There is no restriction on line length or subject -- all poems are welcome. The deadline is September 15th 2006. Entries cost £7 for the first poem and £5 for each poem thereafter. Prize money ranges from £500 to £5000. I'm always rather wary about competitions that you have to pay to enter, but the money raised, I'm told, goes towards Arvon's grants for writers programme.

Readers Comments

  1. Philip Cowell Thursday 06 July 2006

    I'm writing from the Arvon Foundation and would definitely like to clarify that the money raised through the Arvon Foundation's International Poetry Competition 2006 goes to our grants for writers programme. This means that people who would not ordinarily be able to afford our residential writing courses can go on them. It also helps fund our dynamic education and partnership programme. The more poems you enter, the more writers we can help!

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