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National Poetry Prize

The National Poetry Prize is a South African competition for a poem of up to 60 lines. The guidelines and entry form for 2021 are available here.

Poets must reside in South Africa or be South African citizens. There is no theme; we are asking for each poet’s best original, unpublished work to be submitted. The competition is for poems in English. Poems can, however, be submitted in any of the official South African languages, provided they are accompanied by an English translation (judging will take place based on the English translation; any prize money awarded for a poem in translation will be shared equally between the poet and the translator). Multiple entries are permitted; there is an entry fee.