Crewe & District Writers' Circle
The Waltraud Field
Open Poetry Competition 2017
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We are delighted to launch our 2017 open poetry competition and we warmly invite poets to submit entries exploring any theme of their choice. Shortlisted entries will be judged by multi-award-winning poet Gladys Mary Coles.Her ten collections of poetry include Song of the Butcher Bird and The Echoing Green (both from Flambard), and The Glass Island (Duckworth). She teaches Poetry and Creative Writing at Liverpool University.
First prize:£100 Second prize:£50 Third prize: £25​

Closing date: 1 May. Winners to be notified by 1 September.
W​inning entries published on this website.

Competition Rules:

1. Maximum number of lines: 40​
​2. Poems must be the unpublished, original work of the entrant and should not be concurrently entered into any other competition.
​3. Entry fee : £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. More than 3 poems: £3 per additional poem.
​4. Each poem should be on a separate sheet with a clear title. The poem must not show name, address or any other identifying marks, other than the title. Name (not nom-de-plume), address and other details should be provided on the entry form. (Scroll down below competition rules)
​5. Entrants wishing to email their entries should provide name, address, telephone, email, number of poems, poem titles and amount paid. Poems should be submitted as attachments, and must not be incorporated in the email. See below re payment. It will be assumed that by submitting your entries, you will have read and agree to the competition rules. Entries by email OR by mail – not both.
​6. Full copyright of each poem remains with the author, but by entering this competition, you agree to the unrestricted right of Crewe & District Writers’ Circle to publish the winning entries, and any entries considered highly recommended, on the Circle’s website.
​7. If you would like to receive acknowledgement of your entry, or results of the competition please enclose an S.A.E., clearly marking your envelope either “acknowledgement” or “results”. If you are submitting online, please indicate in your email whether you would like an acknowledgement or results.
​​8. The judges’ decision is final. No individual correspondence can be entered into.
​9. Please keep a copy of your work as entries cannot be returned.
​10. After receipt, no amendments or corrections can be made, and no fees can be refunded.
​11. Postal orders/cheques should be made payable to the Crewe & District Writers’ Circle and sent to the Poetry Competition Secretary, Crewe & District Writers’ Circle, 72 Queens Park Gardens, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7SW.
12. Email entries to be sent to CreweandDistrictWritersCircle@gmail.com, and payment made by BACS transfer into the following account: Account name: Crewe & District Writers’ Circle, sort code 08 92 99, account no. 65755497.​

Please ensure that your identity is clear on your BACS transfer reference. Alternatively, email entrants may send a cheque as per rule 11. However you must write your name, address and email address on the back of the cheque so that it can be linked back to your entry.

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition 2017  ENTRY FORM (BLOCK CAPS)

NAME...................... ADDRESS............................................

.....................................POSTCODE...........

TEL.......................EMAIL .......................

I have read and agree to the competition rules


​SIGNATURE.................

POEM ENTRIES:

1. .............................. 2. ................................

3. .............................. 4. ................................

5. ..............................

I enclose a cheque to the ​value of:   £4 £8 £10 other amount: £.....

​Cheques payable to the ​Crewe & District Writers ​Circle.
​Please post your entries together with payments and this form to:
​Poetry Competition Secretary, ​72 Queens Park Gardens, ​Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7SW