Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2022


Sole Judge:  Nigel McLoughlin

who will read all entries

Closing date for entries. Midnight, 27th August 2022.

1st prize-£600.          Runner-up- £300.   5 x commended-£50 each.

The Gloucestershire Prize- £200. (for Gloucestershire residents only).

 Nigel McLoughlin is a Northern Irish poet, editor, translator, and stylistician. His poetry has been published in international journals and anthologies, and his work has twice been short-listed for a Hennessy Award and was placed in The Kavanagh Prize. He is the author of five collections of poetry, including Chora: New and Selected Poems (Templar Poetry 2009), editor of The Portable Poetry Workshop (Palgrave 2016) and previously served as co-editor of Iota poetry journal. He has worked at the University of Gloucestershire since 2005, where he is Professor of Creativity and Poetics, and Head of Research Innovation.

Entry fees: Postal entries; £4 per poem or 3 poems for £10.


Email entries will carry a surcharge for admin & printing costs. For postal entries, go to to download the entry form and instructions

Proceeds of the competition will be used to fund ‘Buzzwords’, which is the longest running and most respected regular poetry gathering in Cheltenham.


Rules of Entry.

1.     Poems should be no longer than 70 lines.

2.     No translations are accepted.

3.     Poems must not have been previously published in print or on the internet.

4.     Entries must be clearly typed on single side(s) of A4 paper in a clear font e.g. Arial 12 point. No curly or obscure fonts please. One poem per page.

5.    Please leave a reasonable margin on the paper so that it is legible when printed and filed.

6.       Handwritten entries will not be considered.

7.       Entrants’ names should not appear on the poems. An entry form or email should accompany all entries and contain name, phone number, address, email address and titles of poems entered.

8.       Entries must be received by midnight on 27th August

9.     Entries for the Gloucestershire prize should mark their poems with ‘GL’ in the top right hand corner.

10.     Gloucestershire, for the purposes of the competition, includes South Gloucestershire

11.     Results will also be published on the Buzzwords Competition Website.

12.     Prize winners will be contacted in October 2022; winners will be welcome to read their poems at the next ‘Buzzwords’

13.   The judge’s decision will be final and we regret that no correspondence will be entered into.

14.   Copyright will remain with the competitor, but Buzzwords reserves the right to publish the winning poems on the website, or to use them in publicity, for 12 months after the results are announced.

16.   Poems may not be altered after entry.


Email entry instructions

 Pay for the appropriate number of poems through the paypal button below. Please note, you do not have to have a paypal account and can use a debit card through paypal.

Send the poems, one per page, as an attachment to . No name or identifying marks on the poems, except for ‘GL’ on the top right-hand corner if you are a Gloucestershire entrant.

 In the body of the email, include the paypal receipt or transaction number, name,   phone number, address, email address and titles of poems entered.



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