Living Well Poetry Competition

A poetry competition in aid of Isabel Hospice in Hertfordshire, based on the charity’s ethos of ‘Living Well’.

You can interpret the theme in any way you like and your poem can be in any format. Maximum 30 lines (excluding the title) or 350 words for prose poetry.

The winning poem and shortlisted poems will be printed in ‘Living Well Poetry’ book which will be sold in aid of the Hospice. The winner and finalists will receive a copy of the book and be invited to read their work at an awards evening on 6th December.

About the judge: The competition will be judged by Dr Amina Alyal, senior lecturer and creative writing tutor at Leeds Trinity University. Amina writes and performs poetry, with two published collections: The Ordinariness of Parrots(Stairwell Books) and Season of Myths (Indigo Dreams). Her collaboration with Oz Hardwick and the taiko drumming group Kaminari UK resulted in Close as Second Skins (Indigo Dreams) which was shortlisted for a Saboteur Award. Amina has also had work published in numerous poetry journals and anthologies.

First prize: £100. The winning poem will also be framed and hung in Isabel Hospice’s Living Well Hub

All shortlisted poems will be published and poets will receive a free copy of the ‘Living Well Poetry’ book.

Fee: £5 for each poem submitted, or £12 for three poems

Deadline: 30th September 2019

Award event: Friday 6th December 2019 at Isabel Hospice’s Living Well Hub, Hall Grove Welwyn Garden City AL7 4PH.

The competition is being organised by Cariad Marketing as part of its 10th anniversary pledge to raise £10,000 for Isabel Hospice.

How to enter: 

Type your poem/s onto separate word documents. All poems will be judged anonymously, so please do not include your name on the word document.

Submit your entry fee via Cariad’s 10th Anniversary Year Just Giving page. In the comments box, leave your name or, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, the title of your poem or other identifying message.

Attach your poem/s to an email and send it to with ‘Living Well Poetry’ in the title. In the body of the email, list your name or identifying message used on your Just Giving donation and the title/s of your poem/s.


  1. Poems must be original and unpublished. They must be written in English and not exceed 30 lines, or 350 words for prose poetry.
  2. If you would prefer to post your entry, type each poem on one side of A4 paper which must not bear the name of the author or any form of identification. On a separate sheet of paper include the title/s of poem/s along your name, the name or identifying name used as payment, and your contact details. Please send your entry to: Sarah Wragg, Cariad Marketing, Wilton House, 3-5 Cowbridge, Hertford, SG14 1PG.
  3. You may enter as many poems as you like, but each must be accompanied by the entry fee.
  4. The entry fee is £5.00 per poem; or £12.00 to submit three poems. The prize money is generated through entry fees and may be reduced if an insufficient number of entries is received.
  5. You will retain the copyright, but the organisers and Isabel Hospice reserve the right to publish any of the finalisted poems.

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