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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is there an entry fee?

A. No, Poetry Rivals Under 18s is free to enter.


Q. I live overseas, can I still enter?

A. You are welcome to enter even if you live outside the UK. However, please bear in mind that the slam final will be held in the UK and you will not be eligible for the prize if you do not attend the slam final, which you will need to attend at your own expense.


Q. Can I enter more than one poem?

A. Only one poem per person please in any format! Please ensure you have read the RULES and T&CS before you enter your work as by entering your work you are accepting these.


Q. I have changed my mind about the poem I entered and I would like to enter a different one. Can I do that?

A. We will only accept one entry per person. Make sure you are happy with your decision as the editorial team will usually only be able to accept your original entry.


Q. When will I know if I am a successful finalist?

A. We aim to inform all finalists by letter at the end of March 2017. We will only write to the top finalists to notify them of their success. Finalists will be announced on the website in early April 2017.


Q. When and where will the slam final be?

A. The slam final will most likely be held in Peterborough in April/May 2017. Venue TBC. Full details will be provided to the finalists.


Q. What if I can't make the final?

A. Unfortunately, you forfeit your chance of winning. The finalists must attend the slam to be considered for the prize. It's a fantastic event and well worth attending!


Q. Do you provide any expenses for the finalists?

A. Finalists don't have to pay to attend the final; we provide a complimentary ticket for the finalist and a responsible adult, who needs to accompany them to the final. Travel, accommodation and refreshment expenses are the responsibility of each finalist.


Q. What qualities would make my work suitable for a finalist place?

Editors look for originality and take into account imagination, creativity, use of language and perception. Vibrant, fun, interesting, thought-provoking… how would you define your poem and do you think it will translate well from paper to performance? Editors will consider these points too, when selecting finalists. Why not look at previous winners’ work too?


Q. I’ve never been on a stage before, will I be at a disadvantage?

A. No, you will find that many other finalists are in the same situation. Our host Mark Grist will ensure you feel at ease and that the microphone is positioned correctly. The judges are aware that this may be your first time on stage and will take that into consideration when judging your piece.


Q. Who are the judges??

A. Mark Grist hosts our Poetry Rivals Slam final and the judges will be revealed alongside the finalists.