Here are the rules for the 2016 poetry competition.

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1. Poems must be in English, and may be on any subject.
2. Poems must be original work and not previously published in a collection or anthology, newspaper or poetry magazine. Work that has been posted in a closed poetry group online, or a personal blog online are eligible. Poems that have been broadcast on radio or podcasted online are not allowed.
3. Poems must not be longer than 40 lines, and must fit on a single A4 page. Poems must show the title and poem only. The poet’s name must not appear on the work. Poems may not be amended or edited after submission
4. Poems must be submitted via the official form on our entry page. Attachments are must be in one of the following formats in Word (.doc or .docx), text, Pages or PDF.
5. Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The minimum entry fee is £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems. To enter more than three poems, a separate submission must be made. There is no limit to the number of entries that can be made. (e.g. A poet wishing to enter, say, eight poems, would do so in three separate entries: two entries, each containing three poems, plus a further entry containing two poems, totalling £30.)
5a. Acknowledgement of entries: When your entry payment is complete, PayPal will assign a transaction number to the payment; this is a confirmation of your entry. Entrants will also receive a formal confirmation of entry when their poems are forwarded (anonymously) to the judge. As poems are forwarded for judging in batches, this latter acknowledgement may be sent several days after submission of poems. Late entries (made within 14 days of the closing date) might not receive acknowledgement until after the closing date.
6. No poet may win more than one cash prize.
7. Closing date: Deadline is midnight on Sunday, February 14, 2016.
8. The competition is open to anybody aged 18 or over, and whose principal address is in the British Isles. This rule change allows for entries from the Republic of Ireland for the first time. Entries from outside the British Isles will not be eligible (except BFPO addresses). Non-UK citizens currently resident in the UK are eligible to enter (e.g. overseas students attending a UK educational establishment).
9. Copyright in submitted poems remains with the author. Entrants agree to allow their poems to be featured fee-free on YorkMix.com, and the website of York Literature Festival. Winning and commended poems may not be published elsewhere before September 1, 2016, without the permission of York Literature Festival.
10. Prize-winning and commended poems may be used by the York Literature Festival in publicity or promotional material that is relevant to the festival or by YorkMix.com in their general poetry coverage.
11. York Literature Festival Committee members, and performers listed in the Festival programme, are not eligible to enter.
12. Winners will receive payment by cheque.
13. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
14. Entrants agree to have their email address added to the York Literature Festival and YorkMix.com mailing list, but can unsubscribe at any time.
15. The judge, Carole Bromley, will read all entries; the entries will be presented to the judge anonymously.
16. Prizewinners and commended poets will be contacted (by email or phone) 14 days before the prize-giving event at The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York on Saturday March 19, at 3.30pm.
17. Entry implies acceptance of all rules.

To pay by PayPal you do not need a PayPal account. All major credit cards are accepted.

It is important that you note the Receipt Number PayPal gives you on-screen when your payment is complete. This Receipt Number must be quoted on your entry form when submitting your poems.

If the PayPal name differs from the Poet’s Name, please include the PayPal name in your email.