WoLF competition

Wolverhampton Literature Festival in collaboration with Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists are on the hunt for poets across the world. The competition opens on 1 November and closes on 31 December, this year’s theme is ‘Aspects of Love’.

Poets are being asked to use ‘aspect of love’ as a prompt to explore love in any of its different forms, whether that be love of a person or of a place, the joy of love, or the grief for love lost, or your passion for evenings spent doing yoga or knitting, any form of love is welcome.

First prize winner will receive £400. Second place will receive £150 and there are three 3rd prizes of £25. Results will be announced on Monday 1 February 2021. Shortlisted poems may be published in a Wolverhampton Literature Festival Anthology 2021. The winning poets will be invited to read their poems at Wolverhampton Literature Festival on Sunday 14 February 2021 (subject to Covid restrictions).

Winners will be chosen by poet Liz Berry.

Enter the competition!

Our Judge

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her first book of poems, Black Country (Chatto 2014), described as a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (Guardian) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014.

Liz's pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (Chatto, 2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2018.

A new book of her collaboration with photographer Tom Hicks will be published by Hercules Editions in 2021. Liz is a patron of Writing West Midlands and works as a tutor for organizations including the Arvon Foundation and The Poetry School.

Liz Berry


Terms and Conditions

The competition opens 1 November and closes midnight GMT on 31 December. Entries received after this time will not be considered. Suitable for 16 years plus. Poems must be in English and no more than 40 lines. The fee to enter is £4. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for three poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem in that submission. Maximum number of poems in a single submission is five. Payment is via Paypal.

Young People Flash Fiction Competition

Do you want to be a published author? - Do you think you have the skills to put a thrilling, gripping and exciting story in 500 words? - Are you 7-18  years old and live with a WV postcode?

Then we have a competition made for you!

Wolverhampton Literature Festival in collaboration with Wolverhampton Libraries are looking for the next best flash fiction young writers in Wolverhampton. Let your ideas go wild, the possibilities are endless, the only rule is that the stories must be quick (maximum 500 words), and end in a flash! Do you think you are up for the challenge?

A shortlist of the best 5 stories in each age category will be given the opportunity to be published into their very own Wolverhampton Lit Fest book and they will get the chance to record their own audio book that will be shared on the Wolverhampton Literature Festival website and social media pages.

And that’s not all....

Winners from each age category will get a £25 gift voucher and an overall winner will get an additional £25 voucher!!

Competition opens on the 2 November and closes on 2 December.

So, what you are waiting for: Register your place!

Terms & Conditions
This competition is open to anyone to the following age groups: 7-11, 12-15 & 16-18.
Children must have a parent or guardian permission to take part in the competition.
By registering, you are granting permission to the Libraries Service to share your detail with any external partners involved in the running of the competition. I.e Gowrite UK  & Wolverhampton Art Gallery
This competition is open to anyone who has a WV postcode.
The work must be original to the child entering.
The work must not exceed the 500-word limit.
All entries must be completed by the closing date, late entries will not be considered.
Libraries reserve the right to not publish any works that they deem to be offensive to specific individuals or groups.