To mark the Centenary of the outbreak of WW1, The Wilfred Owen Association has launched an International Poetry Competition in commemoration of Wilfred Owen. Owen is acknowledged across the world as one of the greatest and most significant of the First World War poets for the power and poignancy of his work. Philip Larkin described him as “an original and unforgettable poet … the spokesman of a deep and unaffected compassion”. His poetry retains its relevance and universal appeal; it is certainly much more widely read and appreciated now than at any time since his death.
In this, the Centenary year, the competition judges are looking for poems “in the spirit of Wilfred Owen”.
Top prize is £500. There are also runners-up prizes and a special young people’s prize of £250 for the best poem by a poet under 19 years.
Deadline June 30th 2014.