Monday, 22 October 2018

Exciting News About The 2018 Anthology!

We are very excited to announce that, having received so many high quality entries for the 2018 competition (and had many complaints from the judges about how difficult it is to make selections from their lists..!) we have decided to produce TWO anthologies this year so that we can include even more poems.

This year we will produce one anthology for the UK and Ireland Entries and a separate volume for the Under 18 and Overseas Entries.

We don’t list the winners in the anthology book – we prefer people to read the book and pick their own favourites rather than be directed as to what other people thought were the best poems, although all the top poems are, of course, included in the anthology.

The section winners will be announced via the website from 1st November onwards – and we don’t even know who they all are yet as the judges are still sifting through their short-lists!

Winners and placed entrants receive a free copy of the anthology and everybody whose poem is included in the book can buy copies at a reduced rate from us through the website.

An update email will be sent out to all entrants with details of which poems are included in the anthologies and this will also be posted on the website once the results are announced.

For once, we happen to slightly ahead of ourselves with the Anthology this year – rather then slightly behind for a change - and the finished books are already available for sale via Amazon. Please be aware however that these are on sale at the normal retail price and are aimed at the general public rather than competition entrants.

A special sales link will be published on the website where you can order copies at a reduced price - with special offers for multiple orders, back issues etc - so do keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page for more information updates.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Judging Panel Announced for the 2018 Competition

Panel of Judges for the
2018 Pendle War Poetry Competition 
(clockwise wise from top left):
Marie Kershaw with Lucy London,
Lady Jennifer MacLellan,
Mary Millward, Steve Millward,
David Youngs, Jennie Carr.
The Judging Panel for the 2018 competition has been appointed and will be overseen by poet, writer and broadcaster Lucy London.

Lady Jennifer MacLellan is the daughter of Forgotten Poet of the First World War Lieutenant Colonel Stanley Casson (1889 - 1944) who fought in both World Wars.  She edited and published some of her father's poems.

David Youngs and Jennie Carr
are the grandchildren of the Canadian war poet Frank J Prewett. They spent their childhood years in the home counties with their mother Jane Prewett and father, Alexander Young, a renowned tenor.

David Youngs studied mathematics and followed a career in IT and telecommunications. He lives in Lancashire where, in retirement, he pursues his many interests which include fell walking, tennis and ship modelling and is a keen amateur photographer and pianist. He is married to Julie and has two children and two grandchildren.

Jennie Carr studied art and design but pursued a career in IT as a teacher and project manager in the NHS. She is married to Mike and now lives in Oxfordshire having spent some time in New Zealand. She is a talented poet and her poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies. She won first prize for poetry in the 2016 Brittlestar writing competition and in 2018 won the Littoral Press nature collection competition with her collection “A Tilt in the Year.”

Roger Quin  is the Grandson of the poet Harold Begbie who wrote the poem "Handing Down" and nephew of Janet Begbie, a Female Poet of the First World War.

Mary and Steve Millward: Steve Millward is an author, broadcaster and lecturer specialising in music history.  Mary Millward has an academic background in literature and history and works in a variety of arts and crafts.

Marie Kershaw is an artist and ceramicist from Lytham St Annes whose works have been widely displayed.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Entries CLOSED For 2018 Competition - Judging Process Now Underway

Any entry received from now on will be held over and entered into the 2019 competition instead.

So, what happens next?

This year’s judges have been appointed and will be announced here on the competition website in the next week or so.

We hope to announce the competition results starting from 1st November – with one category being announced on the website per day.

We will publish the winning poems online but we also produce an anthology of all the shortlisted poems in each category. The winners in each section will receive a free copy of the anthology as part of their prize and everybody else who has a poem included will have the opportunity to buy copies at a special reduced price in case they want to give them as presents to family and friends.

Details of which poems have been shortlisted will be posted on the website during the weeks before the announcement of the winners and information for ordering copies of the book will also be posted.

Please note that we are only be available to contact the WINNERS in each category and, to find out if you have been shortlisted, you’ll need to keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for the announcements.

So – keep your eye on this website as all the competition news will posted here!

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.