The Robert Graves Prize is launched this year as an exciting new collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon BookFest.

It is named for one of the major figures of twentieth century poetry and encourages entries from all around the world. The Prize will be given for the best single poem submitted: multiple entries are encouraged but will be judged separately.

Judges: Fiona Sampson and literary agent, Peter Straus

Prizes: £1000 for the winning entry and £100 for two runners up. All three winning entries will be published in POEM magazine.

Deadline: Wednesday 23rd August 2017

To qualify, entries must be original, written in English and unpublished at the time of submission. Each poem must be no longer than 40 lines and should be single-spaced.

To enter, submit £5 payment per entry using the PayPal link below, and then send your entry to robertgraves@roehampton.ac.uk, including your PayPal receipt number. Entries must be anonymised, so only include your contact details in the body of the email and attach your submissions in separate word documents with your PayPal receipt number at the top. 

No. of Entries

Young Poets Under 19s Category

The young poets category of the prize offers a £100 prize for the winner, and has no entry fee. Poets wanting to enter the Young Poets Under 19s category should email their entries directly to ysrobertgraves@roehampton.ac.uk.

Please provide your name, address, contact details and date of birth.

Deadline for entries is the Wednesday 20th September 2017.


The 2017 Robert Graves Prize will be awarded following the Robert Graves lecture given by Professor Paul O'Prey at Wimbledon BookFest on Sunday 15th October.

The prize is kindly co-sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects.

If you have any questions please contact us at robertgraves@roehampton.ac.uk.