About Poetry Wales

Founded in 1965, Poetry Wales is a triannual magazine with an international reputation for excellent poems, features and reviews from Wales and beyond. Emerging from a rich bilingual culture, Poetry Wales explores the diverse perspectives of Welsh poetry in English and its international relationships.

Its interest in translation, and in local and national identities in a global context, are at the forefront of some of the most exciting developments in poetry today. The magazine is open to tradition and experiment, publishing poetry from a wide range of approaches. Against this background of dynamic contrast, it offers a lively and informed critical context for the best contemporary poetry.

Please read a copy of Poetry Wales magazine before submitting to get an idea of the kind of poetry we publish. The magazine welcomes ideas for features to appear in the magazine. If there is an article you would like to write for the magazine, or if you are interested in writing reviews of poetry books for us, please e-mail editor@poetrywales.co.uk

Galwad am Gyflwyniadau

Bydd 58.3 yn cynnwys amrywiaeth o farddoniaeth, ond caiff ei chyfeirio at y thema iaith, y Gymraeg. Bydd dau faes cyflwyno ar gyfer y rhifyn hwn, gyda chyflwyniadau Saesneg yn cael eu golygu gan Zoë Brigley, a chyflwyniadau Cymraeg yn cael eu dewis gan ein cyd-olygydd arbennig iawn, Grug Muse. Dyddiadau’r cyfnod cyflwyno fydd:

  • Cyflwyniadau yn Saesneg 15 Tachwedd i 30 Tachwedd 2022
  • Cyflwyniadau yn y Gymraeg: 1 Rhagfyr i 15 Rhagfyr 2022

Ar gyfer cyflwyniadau Saesneg, mae’r rhifyn yn chwilio am farddoniaeth sy’n ymwneud â’r Gymraeg: efallai bod y Gymraeg yn thema iddynt, neu’n adleisio’r arfer o Sgoteg synthetig yn cymysgu ieithoedd neu’n siarad yn “Wenglish”. Mae gennym hefyd le mwy cyfyngedig ar gyfer cerddi ar y thema iaith, yn enwedig y rhai sy'n ymdrin ag ieithoedd nad ydynt yn fwyafrifol neu rai y tu hwnt i'r Saesneg.

Ar gyfer cyflwyniadau Cymraeg, bydd Grug Muse yn chwilio am gerddi yn Gymraeg (gyda cyfieithiadau Saesneg neu beidio). Mae ganddi ddiddordeb arbennig mewn cerddi sy’n mynd i’r afael â phrofiadau o amlieithrwydd, ac sy'n archwilio iaith o fewn cyd-destunau’r argyfyngau hinsawdd, goruchafiaeth wyn a phatriarchaeth.


Call for Submissions

58.3 will feature a range of poetry, but it is inflected with the theme of language, especially the national language of Wales, Cymraeg. There will be two submission areas for this issue, with English language submissions being edited by Zoë Brigley, and Cymraeg submissions being selected by our very special co-editor, Grug Muse. The submission window dates will be:

  • Submissions in English 15th November to 30th November 2022
  • Submissions in Cymraeg: 1st December to 15th December 2022

For English language submissions, the issue is seeking poetries that engage with Cymraeg: they might have Cymraeg as a theme, or echo the practice of synthetic Scots intermingling languages or speaking in “Wenglish”. We also have more limited space for poems on the theme of language, especially those that speak to non-majority languages or those beyond English.

For Cymraeg submissions, Grug Muse will be seeking poems in Welsh, with or without translation into English. She is particularly interested in poems that address experiences of multilingualism, and explore language within the contexts of the current emergencies of climate, white supremacy and patriarchy.

Submit your single poem entry using the form below. Please ensure you have paid your entry fee before completing this form unless you are entitled to free entry. Please submit only one poem at a time. If you have multiple entries, please submit via Google or email. Details can be found on poetrywales.co.uk/walespoetryaward


  • Wales Poetry Award opens for entries 12 September 2022 and closes 12 January 2023 at 9pm (British Standard Time). Any entries received after this time will not be considered
  • Wales Poetry Award is open to poets worldwide aged 17 or over at the time of submission
  • Poems should be submitted primarily in English, with a key or footnotes included for any words translated
  • You may submit up to 5 poems
  • Unless visual effects/font variations are part of a poem’s composition, entries should be typed, single-spaced, in 12pt Arial font and printed in black ink
  • All entries must be accompanied with an entry form
  • Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy for your own records
  • Poems may not be edited once they have been submitted
  • Poems must not exceed 70 lines (excluding title)
  • Each poem must be sent as a separate .doc, .docx or PDF document. If a poem exceeds one page, please number the pages with the title printed on each page
  • Your name must not be visible on entries as poems are judged anonymously
  • Poems will be judged on quality, style and poetic impact
  • Prizes may not be awarded if we do not receive a minimum number of entries
  • A submission fee of £5 must accompany every poem submitted, with the exception of those entitled to free entry. Entries are free for UK residents of low-income backgrounds, from households earning £16,000 or less per year
  • Simultaneous submissions are not permitted
  • Poems may not have been previously published (either online or in print, paid or unpaid)
  • Poems submitted must be entirely your own work
  • Entry fees may be paid online at poetrywales.co.uk/award or via post using the form overleaf
  • By entering Wales Poetry Award, authors of shortlisted, winning and highly commended poems grant Poetry Wales the unrestricted rights in perpetuity to publish and broadcast their poem in print, online, audio, performance and video
  • Winning poems may not be published elsewhere until notice is given by Poetry Wales
  • Your contact details will be used to inform you about the status of your entry and about current and future rounds of Wales Poetry Award
  • Poetry Wales reserves the right to disqualify entries for any reason
  • The winner is entitled to a residential course at Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre of his/her choice or a 4-night stay at their Nant Writers’ Retreat Cottage in 2023 subject to availability, and not including courses that are awarded through a competitive application process. Prize cannot be exchanged for a monetary prize
  • Entrants must be contactable via email or phone.

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