Judged by Jacob Sam La-Rose
& Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton

1st Prize £700.
2nd Prize £200.
3rd Prize £100.
Four commendations of £25 each.
All three winning poems and four commendations will appear in the
Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet 2018.

Each poem submitted costs £5, and £3.50 each poem for additional
entries. It is regretted that fees cannot be refunded.

To enter online, visit .
Postal entries should be sent to: Battered Moons Poetry Competition,
C/O Richard Jefferies Museum, Marlborough Road, Coate Water, Swindon SN3 6AA, with a
cheque payable to Battered Moons and a separate sheet with your
personal details, including email address if available. Please write your
name and phone number on the back of the cheque. 
~ Open to any UK residents aged 18 or over at the time of entering.
~ The closing date is 31st May 2018.
~ All entries will be considered anonymously.
~ Judges Jacob Sam La-Rose and Cristina Newton will read all the
~ There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make.
~ Postal entries will only be accepted when accompanied by a separate
sheet with personal details, and payment.
~ For confirmation your postal entry has been received, please include a
stamped addressed envelope/postcard marked ACKNOWLEDGEMENT with
your entry.
~ Online entries will receive automatic confirmation at the time of
~ Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been entered.
~ Entries cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.
~The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor the staff will
enter into any correspondence.
~ The competition organisers reserve the right to award joint prizes or
not award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
~ Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the
entry requirements will result in disqualification.

All email entrants will receive an email notification of results. To receive a print version, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope marked RESULTS. Alternatively, check the BATTERED MOONS website for details from October 2018.

~ All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length
(excluding title and line spaces) or 250 words and can be on any
~ Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than
the title.
~ Entries must be written in English and the original work of the
~ Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on
a website or online public space or broadcast before 6th October 2018.

~ Winners and poets receiving commendations will be notified in
September 2018 and invited to an awards event at the Poetry Swindon
Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018, where they will read their
winning poems.
~ The winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons
Poetry Pamphlet alongside a poem by each of the judges.
~ All winners and commended poets will be asked to provide a
biography to appear with their winning poem on the Battered Moons
website and pamphlet, and a photograph for the website.
~ The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However,
authors of the winning and commended poems, by entering the
competition, grant Battered Moons the right to publish and/or
broadcast their poem from September 2018.

Sam Loveless
Part of
Poetry Swindon Festival
Supported by
Arts Council England

Moons’ Image Credit:
Saturn’s moon Phoebe
by Harriet Crayford