Write Out LoudArea: worldwide
Deadline: Sunday 31 December 2017

Write Out Loud, in association with Wolverhampton Literature Festival, is proud to organise the WoLF Poetry Competition, open to poets across the globe. The theme for this year's competition is 'out of darkness...'. Poets may interpret this nod to the city's famous motto 'Out of darkness cometh light' as literally or figuratively as they wish.

The festival takes place over the last weekend of January 2018, and an exciting line-up – ranging from local writers’ groups through to big literary names – will be announced very soon. One of WOLF’s principal aims is to celebrate the wealth of talent in the West Midlands region and it’s therefore appropriate that their poetry competition is inspired by the city’s motto. Poets are invited to submit pieces of up to forty lines in length on the theme of ‘out of darkness’ before the competition closes on Sunday 31 December 2017.

The competition is open to all, with a first prize of £400, and poems will be judged by Wolverhampton poet Emma Purshouse, who says “I will be searching for those poems that engage with the reader, those poems that people will want to read again and again.” Winners will be announced in advance of the festival itself, with an opportunity to read at an awards event during the festival weekend.

The fee to enter a single poem is £4. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for 3 poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem.

The full list of competition rules and details can be found on the Write Out Loud website.