Frosted Fire Single-poem Competition 2022

The judges are Janet Lees from Isle of Man, Ben Ray from Belgium, and Samantha DeFlitch from the United States.

Frosted Fire’s third single-poem competition opened on 1 March to poets from anywhere on our wonderful planet. Our 2021 single-poem competition had entries from 15 countries, and this year we hope people from more nations will take part. This is our last fund-raising contest for Cheltenham Poetry Festival before Frosted Fire transforms into a fully independent poetry publisher.

You can interpret the Every Breath theme however you choose, and in any poetic form. It lends itself to a huge range of metaphors such as Earth, Covid, life force, energy, speech, misting a window in winter, atmosphere, . . .

The prizes for first, second, and third are £350, £150, and £75 respectively. Up to three highly commended poets will receive £25. Poems from the above, plus the long-list of commended poets, will be published in an anthology book and online in wildfire words.

Transformation single-poem competition 2021 — online anthology

Wild words single-poem competition 2020

Two triage judges, Janet Lees and Samantha DeFlitch, will each read half of the entries. They will jointly form a longlist of contenders for the prizes. Janet won the Frosted Fire First Pamphlet Award in 2019, and Samantha was a prizewinner in last year’s single-poem competition from Frosted Fire.

The final list of prize winners and highly commended poets will be decided by leading judge Ben Ray. A great communicator, Ben will write an adjudication showing why the prizewinning poems deserve their accolade. This will, no doubt, be interesting reading, as was his adjudication for the first Frosted Fire single-poem competition in 2020.

All entries presented to the judges are anonymous. The competition’s administrator, Annie Ellis, will not be able to identify the successful poets until all the judging is complete and the database of entrants is unlocked.

Rules for Every Breath competition 2022

Entries start 1 March 2022 Closing date: 15 July 2022

  • The contest is open to all poets, except those who act as volunteers for Wildfire Words/Frosted Fire.
  • All poems must be entirely the entrant’s own, unpublished work.
  • International entrants are welcome, but entries must be in English. Translations are not allowed, unless the poet has translated their own poetry into English.
  • You may submit as many poems as you like, in batches of up to 4 poems. Each poem should be a seperate file, and an entry fee must be paid for each.
  • Each poem’s title should be at the top of the page, and the file name of the poem must be the poem’s title.
  • Each poem should be in one file in Word or PDF, and no longer than 70 lines, not counting title or stanza break lines.
  • Do not put any identification on the work. We will match your entry title to your email address after the anonymous judging is complete.
  • To maintain anonymous judging,Your entry must not contain a poem that might be recognized by any of the judges through workshops, mentoring, or public readings.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but an entry must be withdrawn in the event of it winning a prize or publication elsewhere. Entry fees are not refundable once an entry has been received.
  • Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judges’ decisions are final.
  • Results will be emailed by mid September 2022 to all who entered, and published on this website.
  • The Early Bard discounted fee is £3 per entry, or £10 for 4. This applies to all entries sent by 11 June 2022, when the fees will rise to £4 for 1 and £12 for 4 entries.
  • Entries must be paid for on the entry form, and your entry file uploaded, by the closing time of 11.59 pm on 15 July 2022.

Entries open 1 March 2022

Entry forms

There are two entry forms. The first is for payments by PayPal or credit cards.
The second is for payment by BACS or cheque.

Either allows you to upload your entry or entries, and pay your entry fee(s).

Payments by credit or debit card, will all be processed by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by card, but if you have PayPal you can pay from your account. Please note that if you pay by credit or debit card, you will be asked to confirm your entry via a code sent to your phone. You will then need to insert that code into the form.

Payments by BACS (direct transfer) or cheque

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