The Mick Imlah Poetry Prize


We are glad to announce the return of the TLS poetry competition, which we ran annually from 1996 to 2003, and again in 2007 and 2008. It is now named for Mick Imlah, Poetry editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1992 until his death in 2009. As he said in 2008, the last competition he oversaw, its purpose is to open the field, in hopes that “a great poem will enter the lists”.

The judges for the 2017 competition are Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of the UK from 1999 to 2009, and now on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University; A. E. Stallings, the poet and translator; and Alan Jenkins, poet and Poetry editor of the TLS.

Submission guidelines:

Entry fee: £5 for the first poem, £3 for each additional poem. The prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Prize – £3,000
  • 2nd Prize – £1,500
  • 3rd Prize – £750

Closing date is Friday 13th October. The winner and runners up will be published in the Christmas double issue.

Each poem should be no longer than 35 lines. All submissions may be paid by either debit card, credit card or direct debit. After you have entered your payment details, you will be asked to upload your poem(s).

Entrants will also receive a three-month digital subscription to the TLS; existing subscribers may pass the subscription to a recipient of their choice.

Select the number of poems you would like to submit below. £5 for the first entry, then £3 for each consecutive entry

Total cost for poems entered and 3 month digital subscription*

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