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Sir Philip Sidney Poetry Prize


Entries are now closed for the 2020 Sir Philip Sidney Poetry Prize 

The Shortlist will be posted on the website on 1 October.

The announcement of the winners will take place on Sunday 11 October at 11am. Shortlisted finalists in each category (Adults, Teens and Children) will be notified in advance. Shortlisted poems will be read and the Chair of the Judging Panel, Philip Sidney, will announce the results. These will be posted on the website.


This will be the second year of the Sir Philip Sidney Poetry Prize , kindly given by the Sidney family of Penshurst Place, whose ancestor Sir Philip Sidney was a famous Elizabethan poet, soldier and courtier.


This year we would like poems on a theme of The Great Outdoors


The poems may be in any style and of any length you choose, but no more than two poems per person will be accepted. (Children are limited to no more than 30 lines)


Adults may also submit a Lockdown Limerick. These should be in classic limerick form and hopefully take a more lighthearted view of life during lockdown and beyond.


There will be three prizes: Adult (Over 18), Teens (12 – 18) Children (11 and under) The winner in the Adult Section will receive £40 in book tokens plus a special presentation book of poetry. (Teens and Children Section winners will receive £20 book tokens)


All entries should be emailed with your name, address and telephone number to by Friday 18 September.


A short-list of entries winners will be chosen by a panel of judges headed by Dr Philip Sidney, descendant of Sir Philip Sidney. The results will be announced on the weekend of 10/11 October. We hope to have a live event where the winners will be able to read their poems, but if that is not possible the results, and the poems, will be published on our website.


Please send any questions to


Sir Philip Sidney 1554 - 1586