The 2018 Plough International Poetry Prize

judged by Pascale Petit

Pascale Petit

The Australian poet Les Murray wrote of Pascale Petit: "No other British poet I am aware of can match the powerful mythic imagination of Pascale Petit."

Four of her seven collections were short-listed for the T.S. Eliot Prize and three were books of the year in The Observer, Times Literary Supplement and the Independent.

Her seventh collection Mama Amazonica, `was a Poetry Book Society Choice and is shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2018. She has received many awards, including four from Arts Council England and three from the Society of Authors. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Serbian, Spanish (in Mexico) and French. She has been shortlisted for the Forward Prize and in 2001 she was one of ten poets commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write a poem for National Poetry Day. She was Poetry Editor of Poetry London from 1990–2005, a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Middlesex University from 2007–2009 and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2011-12. She tutored poetry courses for Tate Modern for nine years, and currently tutors for the Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School and Literature Wales.


Open Poetry Competition 2018
The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition 2018

Open for entries from May 1st.

  • 1st prize £1000 in each category
  • 2nd prize £500 in each category
  • 3rd prize £250 in each category

Entry fee for both categories £5 per poem

Competition closes 31st October 2018