Robert Graves Poetry Prize

Submissions are now open for the Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2018

The Robert Graves prize is a collaboration with Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon BookFest, and will be co-sponsored by Marcus Beale architects.

The prize will be judged by literary agent Peter Straus and the chair of the Poetry Centre, David Harsent. Entries will be shortlisted by a panel including Susanna Howard, who is an honouree fellow of the Roehampton Poetry centre.

  1. How to enter: Click the PayPal link below and follow instructions. The entry fee is £5 per poem.
  2. After payment has gone through, entries must be sent to
  3. In the body of your email include your name (if the name on PayPal is different to your preferred name, please include both and clearly mark which is which) and phone number.
  4. Each entry must be attached to the email in separate word documents but all entries can be attached in same email. The PayPal receipt number must be at the top of each word document. No other identifying information should be included in the word document that contains the poem.
No. of Entries

Entries must be received by August 15th 2018.
The winner will receive £1000 and two runner ups will receive £100 each.

All three poems will be featured in POEM.

The prize will be presented at Wimbledon BookFest.

For more information on Wimbledon Bookfest and tickets, please visit 
The winner of the Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2017 was Octavia Lamb, for her poem Ivor Gurney Goes to War.

We do encourage multiple entries, and each entry will be judged separately. The poems should be single-spaced and no longer than 40 lines. This prize is open to global entries and poems need to be written in English, be original and unpublished at the time of submission. Entries that are sent to us without the PayPal receipt number will not be accepted, so please remember to put the receipt number on each of your entries. Poems must be submitted in a word document, and if sending multiple entries be attached in individual documents. Entries after August 15th will not be entered into the competition.