Entry Guidelines for The Laurel Prize

Submissions for the 2020 Laurel Prize will open on Monday November 25th and close on Monday March 16th, 2020, 5pm


First Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize


Prizes will be given to the authors of the best collections of nature or environmental poetry published in the UK or Republic of Ireland between March 16th 2015 and March 16th, 2020

Entries and Eligibility

Terms and conditions

1) Collections of poetry must be submitted by the publisher.

2) Four copies of each book submitted must be sent to – The Laurel Prize, Poetry School, Unit 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, London, SE16 2XU to arrive by March 16th, 2020

3) All entries must have been published in the UK or Republic of Ireland within the dates specified above. Books published simultaneously in the UK/ Ireland and overseas are eligible, but only if the UK/ Ireland publication is simultaneous, e.g. within 12 months of the first overseas publication. Translations from other languages are not eligible.

5) Entries from individual poets of their own work will not be accepted. This includes self-published collections.

6) Publishers may enter up to four collections of poetry.

7) Collections may be submitted in bound proof form if the final book is not available before the submission deadline.

8) Pamphlets are not eligible for the Laurel Prizes. All collections should be more than 40 pages.

9) All works entered for the Laurel Prizes will also be considered for use by the Prize. This is a non-profit venture and it is therefore a condition of entry that publishers allow poems to be reproduced without payment of a fee, but with appropriate acknowledgements on our website, in our newsletter, in associated publications and on social media channels.

10) Anthologies or collections of works by more than one author are not eligible. Books aimed specifically at children are not eligible. Poems or collections of poetry must be written in English.

11) Work submitted on behalf of an author who is deceased at the date of publication of the work is not eligible.

12) Shortlisted and winning poets will be expected to be available for publicity around the awards and where possible to attend the ceremony at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, May 23rd 2020. Poets may also be recorded at the ceremony or for promotion of the Prizes.

13) Publishers must share with The Laurel Prize contact details of the shortlisted poets within a week of request.

14) Please check the date and eligibility guidelines carefully. Any work that does not meet the rules will be disqualified. The Laurel Prize’s decision on the eligibility of an entry is final and binding.

15) No collection of poetry, entered for The Laurel Prize will be returned. Books must be received by 16th March.

Click here to download a copy of the application form.

If you have questions about the guidelines, please contact Sally Carruthers, [email protected]

Don’t forget, you can enter single poems for the Ginkgo Prize.

Submissions are online and you can enter as many poems as you like. Find out more here.