Poems must be in English,
unpublished, and not currently accepted for publication elsewhere.
Poems should be typed and must be no
longer than 50 lines (excluding title).
Any number of poems may be entered
on payment of the applicable fee of £4 per poem, £8 for 2
poems, £9 for 3 poems, £11 for 4 poems, £12 for 5 poems,
£16 for 7 poems and £22 for 10 poems. Cheques and
postal orders in GB Pound Sterling only should be made payable
to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT.
Each poem should begin on a separate
sheet, which should not include the name of the author.
The author’s name and address should
be provided on an accompanying Entry Form or Cover Note.
The winners and commended writers will
be notified by post or e-mail.
The results will be published on our
results page at
Poems cannot be returned, please do
not send your only copy.
If you win one of the prizes in this
quarter’s competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering
next quarter’s competition.
If on the advice of the judge, the
quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners,
or any other legitimate reasons beyond our control arise which
may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we
reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry
fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.
We reserve the right to reapportion
the prize money if necessary in the interest of continuity as an
alternative to cancellation of the competition.
If the level of participation is too
low in the opinion of the administrators, we may extend the
closing date to give more authors a chance to send in their
entries and have a keener competition. If we extend the closing date it will always be for a
maximum of 1 calendar month.
By entering this competition you
provide some information such as your address and e-mail address
which may be deemed personal information. These will be
processed according to the data protection acts 1998 and 2002. We
will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of
entering this competition to a third party and we will never
sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes.
By entering this competition you agree
that we may contact you by e-mail or post via our newsletter
with the results of the competition, the adjudicator’s reports
and information on future competitions. You may unsubscribe from
the newsletter at any time.
Copyright to all poems submitted will
remain with the authors but the Sentinel Poetry Movement
reserves the right to publish all winning and commended poems.
Prize money payments for all Sentinel writing competitions are
completed within 8 weeks of the announcement of the results by
PayPal or Recorded Mail. If you wish to have your prize money
paid to a third party, this must be done in writing.
Please only submit your own original
The adjudicator’s decision will be
final and no correspondence can be entered into.
Postal entries should be sent to:
Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South
Woodford, London E18 1AB. Online entries should be sent to
The submission of poems for the
Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above
This rules page was last updated on the 2nd of June 2015 and will remain
in force until or unless superceded by another. If you need
clarification regarding any part of these rules please email