Faith, Hope and Love - Free Positive Images Poetry Competition

Positive Images Festival are looking forward to bringing a bit of positivity into the world with this booklet of poems so please keep this in mind when submitting your poems.
Our judges are looking for an original take on the theme, don’t try and cover everything in one poem - be specific and avoid clichés. The quality of poems increases each year so we are really looking forward to reading your poetic offerings again this year. 

The competition is free to enter and is open everyone over 16 years of age.

Entries must be emailed to: [email protected] along with your full name, your name as you would like it to appearing print (if this is different to your full name), address, email address and telephone number.

Winners will be announced at a celebratory event on the 20th November 2021.
The event will be held at Methodist Central Hall, Coventry City Centre.

These are universal themes, which have been needed more than ever during the past two years. The theme can be interpreted in any way, for example, faith does not need to be referred to in a religious sense (although it could be if that’s the poem you want to write!).

The competition runs from 1st October to the 31st October

Five prizes will be awarded -
one winner, two runners up and two highly commended.

We will also be producing a booklet and the judges will select poems to appear alongside the winners.

You may enter up to three poems of no more than 40 lines each.

Further details

Competition Dates: Entries can be submitted between the 1st and the 31st October 2021.
Entries submitted after the closing date will not be considered.

Poem Length: No more than 40 lines excluding the title and breaks between stanzas.

Number of Entries: A maximum of three entries per person.

Poem Format: All entries must be in English and must be emailed in Word Format attached to an email, not in the body of the email itself. No other formats will be considered.

Entries: Should be emailed to [email protected]
Prizes: All entrants must be 16 years or over.
Winner: £100 Runners Up: £60 Highly Commended: £30
Entrant’s Name and Address: All entries must be accompanied by the author’s name,
address and an email address and a telephone number.
Notification: All entries will be acknowledged and participants will be invited to an Awards Event. The event will be held at the Methodist Central Hall, Coventry City Centre.
Winners, Runners Up and Highly Commended will be announced at the Awards Event on the 20th November.

Awards Ceremony

This will take place at the Methodist Central Hall, Coventry City Centre. Starting at 1.00pm
Saturday 20th November. All entrants attending will have the opportunity, if they wish, to read one of their entries submitted to the Competition.

Publication of Poems

The Winners, Runners Up and Highly Commended and the best of the Competition entries, as agreed by the Judging Panel, will have their entries published in Chatterbox Magazine and on the Positive Images Festival Website 

In addition, one entry per person, as agreed by the Judging Panel, will feature in the Poetry Competition booklet which will be available in early 2022. All the entries to the Competition will be entitled to three copies of the booklet at no charge, once the booklet has been published. The Positive Images Festival accepts no liability for mistakes made in the printing of the free booklet.

Judging Panel

The Panel will comprise three people led by the poets Emilie Lauren Jones and Kate Hills.
The decision of the Judging Panel will be nal and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the competition.


By entering your poem into this competition, you agree that your poem may be published on the Positive Images Festival Website and social media, in Chatterbox Magazine and in the printed poetry booklet. Entrants will retain the copyright of their work.