International Poetry Competition

2017 International Poetry Competition

organised by Interdisciplinary Research Foundation


London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research


This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

Oscar Wilde

Life and poetry walk hand in hand. Life is inextricably filled with poetry, while poetry inevitably fills life. Poetry, the textual avalanche of emotions, contains our inner peaks and valleys: joys, elation, sadness and woes. Poetry carries a sparkle – the flicker of hope, the fire of unknown, the textual suspense. It may be disturbing, it may be blissfully euphoric, but it always embraces the world and the self. The thrill of poetic creation. We hope it will last.

We invite submissions of one unpublished poem (max. 2 pages long) by 1 May 2017 through the online form.


First prize: 250 EUR – Dr Hossein Aliakbari Harehdasht, “fool stop”

Second prize: 100 EUR – Mr Petros Zervos, “Teresa Macri Reminisces”

Third prize: 50 EUR – Dr Esther Pujolràs, “Yo, la peor de todas (Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz)”

All the shortlisted poems will be published in a collected volume.

We are planning to invite the winners to read their poems at the International Conference on Poetry Studies on 27 May 2017 in London 

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