Shortlisted and winning poems will be published in the 2023 Chiltern Arts Poetry Collection and winning entries will appear in the 2023 Festival.

Thank you for entering the 2023 competition! We will be in touch with shortlisted and winning entries soon. If you have any questions, please email us at

Competition Theme: How things change over time

The Chiltern Arts Festival 2023 explores the themes of Love, Loss and the Passage of Time. 

We’re inviting writers of all ages to explore the concept of how things change over time. This could be the life cycle of a flower, a journey of friendship or love, the migration of birds or butterflies, preparing for or experiencing a big life change, or a landscape changing over many years… be creative, and see where your imagination takes you!  

The competition is now closed.
Best of luck to all who entered!
  • All poems must relate to the concept of changing over time
  • Poems must fit onto a single side of A4
  • Poems may be in any form
  • One entry per person
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant
  • Poems must be unpublished
  • All entries must include writer’s name and age if under 18
  • All entries must include a contact email or phone number

We are delighted that Susan Cooper, author of the acclaimed series The Dark is Rising, will be joining Creative Director Naomi Taylor on the panel for the 2023 Poetry Competition.