Jack Clemo Poetry Competition 2016

Jack Clemo Sculpture

The competition continues to attract entries from around the UK.

The primary aim is to encourage poetry per se. We wish to see Christians writing better and better poetry and that poetry should not exist in some kind of ghetto land, but it should be out there in the forefront of artistic forms roaring away and making its presence felt.

This is the sculpture, made from Cornish stone, and is held by the winner of the competition for a year.

Jack Clemo Drawing by Heather Spears

Drawing by Heather Spears

In addition to holding the sculpture for one year, the winner receives a cheque for £100.

There is a monetary reward of £75 for the second and £50 for the third. The winning entries are published on this website.

The Award Occasion

The awards are presented by someone prominent in either literary, religious or media fields. In 2013, at the last competition, we welcomed Ruth Gledhill, then long standing Religious Correspondent of The Times.

How to Enter

Entrants may enter up to three poems of up to 40 lines in length. The subject matter should in some way spin off the sentence: "wonderful things are about to happen - wildest things are about to happen".

Entries should be sent to Tony Jasper if possible by email to the address indicated on the application form, and also a hard copy with the application form and cheque by post. Payment may also be made by card on this website. Do ensure you have a copy of your entry.


For a copy of the application form, click here.

Do not put your name on entries to ensure anonymity in the judging.

Cost: £8 one poem, £12 two poems, £16 three poems.
Students and Under 21: £5 one poem, £10 two poems, £15 three poems.

The Judges

The competition is being administered by Tony Jasper. The judges in the past have included some well known writers and editors, as well as several with publishing contacts. They have included Stewart Henderson, one of the UK’s leading poets and known especially for his long running BBC Radio 4 series of ’Questions. Questions.’ and Adrian Plass, best selling author.

This year the Judges are:

Christine Smith, Director Canterbury Press.
Isabel Hariades, formerly Phaidon publishing,Jonathan Cape.
Dr Gemma Goodman, Head of English, Warwick University
Garry Tregidga, Lecturer Cornish Studies Falmouth/Exeter Universities
Stella Wiseman, Writer and journalist.
Jane Wade, Course writer youth material: Scripture Union.

Specific Terms & Conditions:

Poems should not have been previously published, i.e. published in book form or in an anthology of writers. Copyright of the poems remains with the author. The author gives non-exclusive permission to ACG to publish their prize winning entry on ACG’s website and in ACG’s monthly newsletter. There will be no other form of publication by ACG without the author’s permission. All publication enquiries, whether from ACG or from a third party, will be referred to the copyright holder.

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Tony Jasper Competition Administrator