Poetry competition


Prole Laureate competition

Prole Laureate Competition, 2020

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition for 2020 is now closed to entries and entries are being passed to our judge.


Winner receives £200 and publication in Prole, issue 30.

2 x runners up receive £50 each and publication in Prole 30.

All three will be published here on our website.


All entries will be anonymised and sent to our judge, Jonathan Edwards. (Details below)

Time Scale

We will accept entries until January 31st, 2020.

Winner will be announced in issue 30 of Prole and here on our website.


We are, as ever, open regarding length, style and content. We are looking for poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, challenging and entertaining. Quality is all.

All entries must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished. We will accept simultaneous submissions as long as you notify us of publication or winning elsewhere. In this case, no refunds will be made.


£3 for one entry, £2 each for any subsequent entries.

How to enter

By email - preferred.

Select the correct payment option below and send your entry, pasted into the body of the email along with the PayPal transaction number, to: poetrycompetition@prolebooks.co.uk

By post.

Cheque in GBP only please, made out to P Robertson.

Mail to:

Brett Evans

15 Maes-y-Dre



LL22 7HW

Jonathan Edwards's first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), received the Costa Poetry Award and the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award (https://www.serenbooks.com/author/jonathan-edwards) It was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018),  is also a winner of the Wales Book of the Year People's Choice Award, and he is a Gladstone's Library Writer-in-Residence for 2020. His poem about Newport Bridge is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2019 (http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/poet/jonathan-edwards/). He has read his poems on BBC radio (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005g4x) and television (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-30882362/meet-the-author-jonathan-edwards) and at festivals around the world, recorded them for the Poetry Archive (https://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/jonathan-edwards) and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. He lives in Crosskeys, South Wales.

Copyright Prolebooks 2020

Reading in Manchester in 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQjDQIwPixA

Canal Song - a poetry film made for The Poetry Society: https://vimeo.com/316565826 

Meet the author, BBC: