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Cannon Poets

Sonnet or Not  
Poetry Competition
 is now open

Poems must be 14 lines, no more, no less.

First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £250
Third Prize: £150
Commended Prize: £10

Closing Date:
Midnight, 31st October 2022

Special Offer
Submit at least one poem with the correct fee to become eligible for  one year subscription to The Cannon’s Mouth [in which winning entries and the judge's report will be published] discounted from the usual £15.00 to £13.00 [UK] or from £25 to £23 [outside UK].

An entry will consist of one 14 line poem typed on a sheet of A4 paper [please use at least 12 point typeface]. Please ensure that each entry has its own title. There is no limit to the number of entries providing the fees are paid. Use several entry forms if necessary. The entry fee is £5.00 for the first poem and £3.00 for each additional poem submitted. Alternatively, you can now enter on line. See details below.


The sole judge will be Paul Francis.

Paul is a retired teacher, who is active as a poet and performer in the West Midlands poetry scene. His most recent collection is Rescue from the Dark (Fair Acre Press, 2021), and he has written sonnets for over sixty years. He won the OUSS Sonnet of the Century competition in 2000, the Ware sonnet prize in 2001, and from 2010 he was three times running among the first three prizewinners of the Poems on the Move competition in Guernsey. His Sonnets with notes (Liberty Books) was published in 2019, and during the first lockdown of 2020 he posted a sonnet a day on his website, at 

Paul will read all valid entries received.

Entry Form
Please download the entry form [consisting of two pages] here and read the rules on the second before you enter. 

How to Enter
There are two ways to enter:

1. Enter by post: complete the entry form and attach each of your poems on separate A4 sheets. Please only put the title of the poem and the poem itself on the sheets but do not put your name. Post the completed entry form, your poems and a cheque for the full amount due in £ sterling to the address indicated.
2. Enter on line: click here and follow the instructions.

Remember the closing date is 

31st October 2022

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2021 Poetry Prize results are detailed below:

Commended (in no particular order)

Prize Winners

First  place All The Questions Float Away Beyond My Reach Pamela Gormally
Second place Star Veronica Zundel
Third  place Fishwharf Mary Gilonne

 Commended (in no particular order)

The Rub Olivia Walwyn
Letter Vanessa Lampert
In Mourning Jonathan Edwards
Photos Alexandra Corrin-Tachibana
Facing It  Bill Holloway
Migraine   Thea Smiley
Consider the Hippopotamuses of El Patron Ben Verinder
qu    Laura Jenner
Reclaiming    Carole Bromley
The Willow Rooms  Paul Francis


Congratulations to all those who took part in the  competition.