Sonnet or Not 2020
Cannon Poets popular Sonnet or
2020 Poetry Competition is now open. Poems must be 14 lines, no more, no less.
First Prize: £500
Third Prize: £150
Commended Prize: £10
Midnight, 31st October 2020
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 £13.00 to £11.00 [UK]
or from £22 to £20 [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
£2.50 for each additional poem submitted. Alternatively, you can
now enter on line. See details below.
The sole judge will be Roy McFarlane.
Roy was born in
Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and has spent most of his years living
in Wolverhampton. He has held the role of Birmingham's Poet Laureate
[2010 to 2011] and Starbucks' Poet in Residence, and is currently the
Birmingham & Midland Institute's Poet in Residence.
Roy will read all valid entries received.
Please download the entry form here and read the rules
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
2. Enter on line: click here and follow
Cannon Poets Sonnet or
Not 2019 Poetry Prize results are detailed below:
(in no particular order)
Garden, Anonymous, albumen print, Dorset, 1854
|The Romford Boy and Jules
|Lament for dead companies
|Moor and Mountain
||Ian Royce Chamberlain
Congratulations to all those who took part in the competition.
See details of the Sonnet or Not 2020 Poetry Competition above. Closing Date: 31st October 2020