Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition

Organised by Dionysia Press

Understanding Magazine




£150 for the best poem

Entry Fees:

£1.50 per poem


  1. All entries must be original and hitherto unpublished work.
  2. Entries must be typed on A4 paper. The name and address of the author should be enclosed on a separate slip.
  3. All participants will receive notification of the prize-winners.
  4. Closing date 15th June 2014.
  5. The prize-winning poem will be published in Understanding  and part or all of the prize-winning play will also be published.
  6. Non prize-winning entries may also be selected for publication in Understanding.
  7. A stamped addressed envelope must be enclosed with entries for notification of the prize- winners.
  8. The decisions of the judges are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. The organisers reserve the right to change closing dates if submissions are insufficient or unsatisfactory.






To purchase copies please send cheques to: Dionysia Press, 127 Milton Road West, Edinburgh EH15 1JG, UK.

How to Enter:

Send your entries, with your entry fees and SAE to: Understanding, 127 Milton Road West, 7, Duddingston House Courtyard, Edinburgh EH15 1JG.

Panel of Judges:

Dr Thom Nairn was writer in residence, Ross and Cromarty and East and Midlothian District Councils and Editor of Cencrastus and Understanding Magazine. He has published three collections of poetry: Sky Burial, Chagall Takes A Fall, Poems for Bonnie and Josie, The Sand Garden, and many translations.

Dr Susanna Roxman, prize-winner, Hampton’s International Poetry Contest 1987, and visiting lecturer, Lund University, Sweden, She has published: Crossing The North Sea, Imagining Seals, Broken Angels.

Denise Smith, BA, DEA, poet, playwright, Editor of Understanding, Part-time lecturer, Edinburgh University. She has published The Stone Moon, Skies of Sand, Mirrors, (Plays) and many translations.

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