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Cannon Poets
Sonnet or Not 2024
Poetry Competition

Cannon Poets popular Sonnet or Not 2024 Poetry Competition is now open. Poems must be 14 lines, no more, no less.

First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £250
Third Prize: £150
Commended Prize: £10

Closing Date:
Midnight, 31st October 2024

Special Offer:
Submit at least one poem with the correct fee to become eligible for  one year subscription to The Cannon’s Mouth [in which winning entries and the judge's report will be published] discounted from the usual £18.00 to £15.00 [UK] or from £28 to £25 [outside UK].

Extra Special Offer:

Submit at least three poems and the third poem is free. So if you submit one peom it costs £6.00, two poems cost £9.00 and if you submit three poems you only pay £9.00. Any subsequent poems are £3.00 each.

An entry will consist of one 14 line poem typed on a sheet of A4 paper [please use at least 12 point typeface]. Please ensure that each entry has its own title. There is no limit to the number of entries providing the fees are paid. Use several entry forms if necessary. The entry fee is £6.00 for the first poem and £3.00 for each additional poem submitted, but the third poem submitted will be free. This means you an submit three poems for £9.00.  You can  enter either on line or by post. See below for details.


This year’s sole judge is Deborah Alma

Deborah Alma has an MA in Creative Writing, taught Writing Poetry at Worcester University and is Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University.

Deborah is also Emergency Poet in her vintage ambulance and is editor of Emergency Poet - an anti-stress poetry anthologyThe Everyday Poet - Poems to live by (both published by Michael O’Mara), and her True Tales of the Countryside is published by The Emma Press.

She lives with her partner the poet James Sheard on a hillside in Powys, Wales.

Entry Form:
Please download the 
Sonnet or Not 2024 leaflet  and read the rules before you enter.

How to Enter:
There are two ways to enter:

Enter by post: complete the entry form and attach each of your poems on separate A4 sheets. Please only put the title of the poem and the poem itself on the sheets but do not put your name. Post the completed entry form, your poems and a cheque for the full amount due in £ sterling to the address indicated.


Enter on line:  click here and follow the instructions.

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2023 Poetry Competition

The results of Cannon Poets popular Sonnet or Not 2023 Poetry Competition, chosen by our sole judge, Gregory Leadbeter are as follows:

1st Prize:

My father's body by T. McLaughlin

2nd Prize:

Cowslip by Sharon Black

3rd Prize:

Vanitas by Tom Gray


The Flitting by Julian Bishop

Dream Fragment by Sue Davies

Home delivery by Tom Gray

Auden at Quincy House by Ken Haas

You know you're local when you know by Thea Smiley

The winning poems and the judge's summary were published in the March 2024 issue of The Cannon's Mouth.


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