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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition has been successfully organised since July 2009, offering publishing opportunities for the winning, commended and specially-mentioned poems in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online & in print) plus cash prizes.

This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.


  • 1st: £250
  • 2nd: £100
  • 3rd: £50

Prize-winning, commended and specially mentioned poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and print) July-September 2019 issue.

Judge: Terry Jones lives and works in Carlisle. In 2011 he won 1st prize in the Bridport International Poetry Competition and Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition. That same year his collection, Furious Resonance, was published by Poetry Salzburg.  His poems have appeared journals, magazines, anthologies, and online, including in The New Statesman, Poetry Review, Wasafiri, Iota, The North, The London Magazine, Magma, Agenda, Ambit, The Interpreters House, The Morning Star, Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, The ShoP, New Welsh Review, Planet, The Rialto, Under the Radar, and Brittle Star.  He has judged a number of national poetry competitions.

Closing date
Fri 31 May 2019
Entry fee
£5 for 1 poem | £8 for 2 | £10 for 3 | £12 for 4 | £14 for 5 | £16 for 7 | £22 for 10