The prestigious competition, now in its sixth year, is established as a major national literary event.
The closing date for entries is February 25, 2018.
This year’s judge is acclaimed poet Andrew McMillan. There are some interesting comments on what he is looking for in a poem here.
The first prize rises to £600, with a runner-up award of £150, a third prize of £75 and a new, fourth prize of £50.
At the judge’s discretion, up to ten Highly Commended and 15 Commended poems will each win their writer a certificate.
The minimum entry fee is £6 for a single poem; £15 for up to two or three; £17.50 for four; £20 for five. There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted.
The award ceremony will be on a boat.