Deadline 30th Nov 2017

There are £2000 in prizes and our sole judge this year is Liz Berry.  There is no sifting.  


1st  £1000       

2nd £300 3rd £200  

Six Commended Prizes of £50

Funniest Poem £100

The Norfolk Prize   £100

awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident

not winning another prize

Entry Fee

£4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter


Sole Judge: Liz Berry


Liz Berry’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star. Liz’s poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio, television and recorded for the Poetry Archive. She has been a judge for major prizes including The Forward Prizes for Poetry and Foyle Young Poets.

For more information, or to enter, visit here.  You can download an entry form direct from the link if you prefer to send your entry by post.

The competition funds our programme and allows us to pay writers properly. Café Writers is a Norwich based grass-roots writers’ network supporting and showcasing work by established writers in all genres.  It also encourages and champions new work by emerging writers.  It is run entirely by volunteers that are passionate about encouraging wider participation and excellence in literature.

Café Writers is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and our competition the only significant  source of funding for our programme and to pay visiting writers properly.   


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