Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition, 2022

The prize winners in the 2022 competition are listed here, along with the judge’s report.

Thank you to all the poets who submitted their work this year – as ever, we had a very high quality of entries. We look forward to welcoming your poems in the 2023 Open Competition, which will be opening in the autumn, with a deadline of 31 Jan 2023.

The competition was judged this year by Richard Skinner, a well-known writer and editor of poetry, fiction, life writing, essays and non-fiction. Richard has published three novels, four books of non-fiction and four books of poetry. His most recent book of poems is Invisible Sun (Smokestack Books, 2021).

As in previous years, we offer seven prizes:

1st Prize: £1000

2nd Prize: £300

3rd Prize: £100

4th Prize: 4 x £50


All entries are read by the judge, whose decision is final. There can be no correspondence concerning the result. No person may win more than one prize.

Prize-winning poems will be posted on our website, and also included in our annual Folio publication. Prize winners will also be invited to read their poem at our monthly meeting on April 19th, 2022.