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13th - 15th

October 2023

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Poetry Competition

Back in the tenth century Vikings had a broad and sophisticated literature where sagas, long tales of heroic deeds, were passed down largely through an oral tradition along with other strong poetic traditions, the Skald and the Edda.

This year we are running a “Skald” poetry competition, incorporating the rhythmic and alliterative elements of The Skald and Eddas, and poets will be invited to read at the presentation ceremony.

The Theme



Entry Fees

1 Entry - £5

3 Entries - £10



Midnight on 31 August 2023



All entries must be in English.

Open for broad creative intent.

Well written humour is welcome.

80 Line Limit (excluding title and stanza breaks)

A story in verse, told with strong rhythms and alliteration within and across lines.

Your journey may be physical, imaginary, emotional, metaphorical, or of an entirely different nature.

By entering this competition you agree to make your work available for the purposes of the Repton Film Competition where winning poems will be made available to filmmakers to create a short film. Poets are encouraged to participate in the Repton Film Competition.


1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place


Certificates will also be awarded for Highly Commended and Commended entries. 

How to Enter

 Entries for the competition must be purchased through the 'Enter the Competition' button below. 

• You will receive a ticket confirmation code, the ticket code is your entry number.

• Entries must be emailed as a .doc or .docx attachment to with the ticket

code as your subject header.

• Please read the Terms and Conditions for information on the specifics on how to submit.

The Judges

Jo Bell stands smiling

Jo Bell

Jo Bell is a celebrated poet and poetry mentor with a multitude of accolades to her name, including the prestigious Charles Causley Award and Manchester Poetry Prize. In recognition of her substantial contributions to the realm of poetry, she was conferred with an honorary doctorate in 2015, the same year she won the Saboteur Award.


Jo's dedication to nurturing talent is evident in her diverse educational pursuits. She facilitates both in-person and online poetry workshops, constructs supportive online communities, shares insightful hints and tips via her YouTube channel and has penned best-selling books dedicated to the craft of poetry. She is perhaps most recognised amongst UK audiences from a series of popular adverts.

Tristram Fane Saunders stands with his arms crossed

Tristram Fane Saunders

Tristram Fane Saunders, author of five poetry pamphlets and the full collection 'Before We Go Any Further', is a highly regarded figure in the world of poetry. He contributes his expertise to The Telegraph through their 'Poem of the Week' column and has offered incisive reviews of contemporary poetry for renowned platforms such as The TLS, The Herald, and Radio 4's Front Row.


His work has been featured in prestigious publications including The White Review, The Moth, The London Magazine, The Dark Horse, and Poetry Ireland Review. Tristram has also graced the stage at esteemed events like the Latitude Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. In addition, he is the lauded editor of 'Edna St Vincent Millay: Poems & Satires'.

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