Friday, 20 July 2018


After a few unavoidable delays, we are pleased to now finally be able to confirm arrangements for the 2018 Pendle War Poetry Competition.

The closing date for the 2018 competition is 30th September 2018.

Entries should be submitted via email to,

You must also include your name, age, if under 18 and geographical location.

There is a maximum of TWO poems per person.

There is NO CHARGE for entering the competition.

Depending on the final amount of entries received, prizes will be awarded as follows:

UK & Ireland Adult: 1st 2nd & 3rd
Overseas Adult:  1st, 2nd & 3rd
Under 18: 1st 2nd & 3rd
Photo / Art:  1st 2nd & 3rd

Any entries received after the closing date will be rolled over and used for the next year’s competition.

Winners and shortlisted entrants in each category will be announced on the competition website from 1st November 2018 onwards.   

The winning entries in each category will be included in the 2018 Competition Anthology book as will all shortlisted entries.

The winners will receive a free copy of the Anthology book.

All shortlisted entrants will have the opportunity to buy copies of the Anthology book at a reduced rate.

Any enquiries should be addressed to the organisers via email at




Saturday, 2 July 2016

New Competition Arrangements For 2016-2017-2018

Due to a drop in sponsorship, prizes and overall entries in the last couple of years, we have decided to roll over all entries that are received during 2016, 2017 and 2018 into one big Poetry Competition that closes on 30th September 2018.
All entries will kept over and used for that competition – unless you advise us that you do not wish us to do so.
The competition is free to enter.  All you have to do is submit your poem by email to along with you name and location.
There is a maximum of two poems per person.
Full competition rules will be posted on here once we get the new website up and working properly – so please check back!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Prize Certificates & Books Now Being Mailed Out!

After a bit of a blip with the delivery of the certificates from the printers, we are pleased to advise that all certificates and book prizes are now being mailed out.

When you receive your prizes and book orders, it would be great if you could send us photos of you reading / holding your book in a typical setting of you home location so that we can demonstrate the global nature of the Pendle War Poetry Competition.

Please use the revised email address for sending you photos, poetry entries and all future communications, ie: 

Alternatively, you can post them directly on the competition Facebook page HERE

Sunday, 1 November 2015

2015 Competition Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce that the prizes in the various categories for the 2015 Pendle War Poetry Competition are as follows:

First Prize: On the Beach - Gavin Foster, Age 14 - Frankfort, Kentucky USA
Elliott Jackson Prize: Here Lies Tom - Sammie Lam, age 14, Hong Kong


First Prize: Picardy Meeting - Barry Dady, Devon
Caroline Wood Prize: War Will Take Its Hold On Us - Lesley Spray, Crewe

First Prize: The Arms Race - James Tierney, Milan, Italy 
Gill Yule Prize: Childhood Memories from War Times - Valma Nieminen, Finland

Winner: Woodland Scene – Cecilia Mallon, Ontario, Canada

All prize winners will receive a certificate and free copy of the 2015 anthology. All winners will be contacted individually.

All shortlisted poems are included in the 2015 Anthology.  Copies can be ordered by clicking on the book image on the top right of this page and following the relevant links.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

2015 Competition: Shortlisted Entries

Here are the shortlisted entries for each of the three competition categories.

Each of these excellent poems is included in the 2015 Selected Poems anthology and is available to purchase at a special price for all entrants.


On the Beach - Gavin Foster, Age 14 - Frankfort, Kentucky USA
Here Lies Tom - Sammie Lam, age 14, Hong Kong


Here Stands A Soldier - Tracey Lee, Castleford, West Yorkshire

Poppy Field Brothers etc  - Steve Douglas, Bolton, Lancs
Picardy Meeting - Barry Dady, Devon
Poppies - Ken Durkin, Pocklington, Yorkshire
The Knock on the Door - Paul Rowclife, Swindon
MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD - Tina Morris, Bilsborrow, Lancashire
CONFLICT - Sue Gerrard, St Helens
Open Gates - RJ Tomlin, Wollaton, Nottingham
THE RETURN - Glenn Merilees, Falkirk
A Message from No Man's Land - Clare Whittam, Marple, Cheshire
‘Conflict’ of War - Tony Meres, Fleetwood
Broken Promises - Stephen Pennell, Crewe
War Will Take Its Hold On Us - Lesley Spray, Crewe
Failed To Return - Andrew Harper, Huddersfield


Children In War - Ange T Kenos, Australia
VIETNAM: THE FINAL SALUTE - Nia Nguyễn Rodé, Burbank, California, USA
Childhood Memories from War Times - Valma Nieminen, Finland
From Gaza - Fabiyas MV, Kerala, India
My Joker Is Dead - Randolf Velasco,Carlingford, NSW , Australia
A Sailors Dream - Clint Hirschfield, Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, USA
MEDIC - Lynda Lesny, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Aboriginal Sniper, Francis Pegahmagabow - B. Chris (tine) Nash, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
WAR-WIDOW - Roger Nash, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
In Requiem - Ken Ferguson, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
The Arms Race - James Tierney, Milan, Italy 

The Competition winners will be announced tomorrow (1st November) - so please do check back!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Awaiting New Stock of 2014 Anthology - Please Be Patient!

Due to unprecedented demand, we have run out of our current stock of the 2014 Anthology.  We have an order in with our book printers for another shipment but are looking at 10+ days delivery from them before we can send any more books out.

We are confident that all orders already placed with us will be shipped to arrive in time for Christmas but cannot - at present - guarantee delivery prior to Christmas for any NEW orders placed after today.

Once the reprints are here, we will let you know!

Saturday, 1 November 2014

FAQ: My Poem Is In the Book - Do I Get A Free Copy?

This is the question that we are asked most often: "My poem is included in the anthology - do I get a free copy?"

Unfortunately, it is only the WINNERS who receive a free copy of the book and that is part of their prize. We include the other shortlisted poems in each category in the final anthology to recognise the work of the authors who submitted them and also in the hope that people may like to purchase copies for themselves.

It is only due to the generosity of people buying copies of the book that we are able to keep Pendle War Poetry a FREE TO ENTER COMPETITION ass the funds raised help to cover the cost of the winners' certificates, prizes and the cost of the posting them out.

Other competitions charge a fee of £3 or £5 per poem to enter and - quite often - your submissions disappear into some sort of black hole.  Other publishers stuff huge quantities of poems into expensive hard-bound volumes and then try and charge you £20+ for a copy.  We don't do any of that - we keep our anthologies at a reasonable price so that everybody can enjoy them and we do not charge for entries so that everybody across the world and of any age can enter easily.

We hope that you agree with our philosophy and look forward to your continued support in the future.