The Poetry Book Awards is an annual, international book award given to the best poetry books produced by indie writers, self published authors or books published by small, truly independent presses.

The 2022 contest is now open and accepting entries!

Our judge for this year is Welsh writer, poet & environmental campaigner John Evans.


Even though more and more people are enjoying and participating in creative writing it is becoming increasingly difficult to become traditionally published, especially in the poetry world.  Most of the top book prizes and competitions do not allow self published authors to enter.  If they are allowed then many are extremely expensive leaving truly independent publishers, self publishers and indie authors struggling to find the recognition they deserve. Instead of asking for huge sums of money from those shortlisted we instead charge an entry fee for each entry.

We are proud to be a Welsh based international awards programme, open to all indie authors and self published poets globally.  Why should you enter the Poetry Book Awards?

1st Prize – £300 plus a one-year subscription to PN Review

2nd Prize – £150

3rd Prize – £75

Winners also get:

  • Great Amazon & Goodreads reviews
  • Earn recognition from having an award-winning book
  • Certificate, logo to use on books and future work
  • Your book cover & link on our website
  • All books donated to local libraries / schools after the awards so you get more publicity

Your book will be judged by experienced, published poets and/or respected authors.  Our aim is to achieve respect and recognition from authors, publishers and publishing organisations for our winning choices.  This will help the winners gain further recognition when they can proudly announce that they are award-winning authors of the Poetry Book Awards and be confident that the title is respected.

Closing date: 31st July 2022.

Check out the winners from last year – click here.

After many years of finding and promoting outstanding poets through the International Welsh Poetry Competition we now aim to bring further recognition to those writers that have produced a book-length collection of their work and hope to heighten a poet’s profile by offering this new award.

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