Poetry Prize Rules

By entering the prize you agree to the following terms and conditions. Failure to follow these rules could lead to disqualification:

  • The theme of the 2018-2019 Poetry Prize is ‘Water’

  • There is no line limit

  • You may submit up to two poems

  • You may also submit to the Short Story Prize, but must submit your story separately through the Short Story submission portal

  • Submissions will open on 1st October 2018 at 11am, and close at midday on Monday, 15th April 2019. Submission is free

  • You must cut and paste your submission into the form. We will reformat it into double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman. Please contact us if your submission requires unusual formatting

  • Your work must be your own. It must be original and not already published online or offline

  • You must be in upper-secondary Swiss public education when you submit your work

  • Students in schools where the teaching language is primarily English, such as international schools, are NOT eligible to enter the prize

  • During the submission process you must indicate whether you are bilingual (English with another language) or undertaking a immersion course of study (such as a year abroad in an English-speaking country). Extra consideration will be given to students who are non-native and not in immersion programmes

  • During the submission process you must indicate whether you are studying for the Maturity Certificate. Extra consideration will be given to students who are not taking this examination.

  • Do not write your name on your submission. All submissions will be judged anonymously

  • The judge’s decision is final and without appeal

  • The judges, the organisers, their friends and family are not allowed to enter the competition

  • Short-listed poets will be contacted at the end of April 2019. The results will also be published online

  • Up to 10 short-listed poets will be invited to a half-day writing workshop, most likely on Sunday, 12th May in Lucerne, where they will be taught by the prize judge

  • There will be a Reception following the workshop for the short-listed poets and a guest

  • The winner will be announced at the Reception and receive a CHF 500 (total) prize in cash and book tokens from the prize judge

  • By entering the prize you allow us to use any photos of the workshop, reception or prize giving on our website and communications materials

  • By entering the prize you give us the the exclusive right to publish the shortlisted and winning poems for a period of six months following their announcement. After six months, rights revert to the author

  • The organisers reserve the right to change these terms and conditions at any time

Please contact us if you have further questions