Lupus UK International Poetry Competition



Poems must be in English Language on any subject or style with a maximum length of 40 lines. Open to every poet in every country. Poems entered must not have been previously published, posted to a website or blog. The poems must also not be under consideration for publication anywhere.

This competition is administered by Excel for Charity in aid of LUPUS UK - a national charity helping people with the presently incurable immune system illness lupus. Lupus UK currently supports some 6,000 members through their Regional Groups and advise many others on the symptoms prior to diagnosis.


First Prize £150.00, Second Prize £75.00, Third Prize £40.00. Two Highly Commended Poets will also receive £10.00 each. [The three winning poems and the two highly commended poems will receive first publication in the Excel for Charity website.

Entry Fees:

£4.00 for 1 poem, £7.50 for 2 poems, £10.50 for 3 poems, £12.50 for 4 poems, and £14.00 for 5 poems. [A third of all entry fees goes to the charity Lupus UK] All 5-poem entrants receive a FREE Sentinel Champions #4 e-book courtesy of Sentinel Poetry Movement.

Entry Deadline: 31st May, 2011

Results: 15th July, 2011 at 

Judge: JIM BENNETT, Managing Editor, Poetry Kit (, author of over 50 books including Larkhill, The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds, and Bold Street.

Competition Administration: Eastern Light EPM International (Organisers of Excel for Charity competitions)


How to enter online:

1. Select how many poems you wish to enter from the options below and click on Pay Now.

2. Pay securely with PayPal. You will be given a Transaction ID or Receipt Number. Make a note of this.

3. Make up a Cover Note with your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number (Optional), and the titles of your poems.

4. Send your poems, together with your cover note as attachments in Word, or rtf formats to  in the subject line, type LUPUS UK POETRY 2011 followed by your Transaction ID or Receipt number.

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1 Poem: £4.00
2 Poems: £7.50
3 Poems: £10.50
4 Poems: £12.50
5 Poems: £14.00:  Get FREE Sentinel Champions #4 eBook

How to enter by post:

Download and Print out the Competition Information & Entry Form here >


1. Make up a Cover Note with your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number (Optional), and the titles of your poems.

2. Send your poems with your Cover Note and the appropriate entry fees to:

Excel for Charity
Eastern Light EPM International
Unit 136
113 - 115 George Lane
E18 1AB
United Kingdom

PLEASE NOTE: Cheques or Postal Orders must be in GB£ Sterling only payable to EASTERN LIGHT EPM INTERNATIONAL


Terms & Conditions

1. You may enter as many poems as you want.
2. The decision of the judge is final, and no communication will be entered into.
3. For transparency, Eastern Light EPM International makes it clear that the primary aims of this competition are to raise money for the charity and to honour the winning writers. The prize money is expected to be generated by the entry fees. In the event that there are too few entries to pay the prize money from the entry fees after a third has been earmarked for donation to the charity, we reserve the right to either reapportion the prize money or refund all entry fees to the entrants by the methods they paid for their entries.
4. Postal entries must be received by 31 May 2011.
5. Online entries must be received by midnight 31st May 2011.
6. Poems will not be returned, please don't send your only copy.
7. The judge's report will be published alongside the winning and commended poems in the Excel for Charity website 
8. When you enter the competition we will invite you to join our mailing list so that you may receive updates on this and other competitions. Joining the mailing list is optional. We will never sell your details to anybody for research or marketing purposes.

The Lupus UK website is 


Author of 57 books including poetry, children's books for children, and technical training manuals, Bennett is the award-winning author of The Man Who tried to Hug Clouds. He is also the Managing Editor of Poetry Kit – the foremost resource for poets online.

Source: Lupus UK International Poetry Competition









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