Shortlisted entries will be printed in a booklet of Chiltern Arts Poetry 2020 and published on our website, and the winning poems will be announced and read at Youth Music and Art Day at the Chiltern Arts Festival on Sunday 1st March 2020

Closing Date EXTENSION: Friday 24th January 2020

Competition Theme:
Overcoming Adversity

The Chiltern Arts Festival 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth by celebrating artists, musicians and other creatives who have overcome adversity.

The 2020 Poetry Competition invites you to explore a situation in your own life, or the life of someone who has inspired you, in which the phrase ‘overcoming adversity’ resonates. Your poem can be in any style or form, and can be submitted either in digital or hard copy format.

The competition is open to all ages and we welcome contributions from school classes.

Email us at if you have any questions.

Conditions of Entry:

– the theme ‘overcoming adversity’ should be evident
– recommended length no longer than 300 words
– one entry per person
– poems may be in any form
– poems must be the original work of the entrant
– poems must be unpublished
– poems must be in English

Apply using the form below, by emailing us at, or via post to

Chiltern Arts Poetry Team
9 Townsend Gate

Please note if you are not using the form below, all entries must include:

– Writers name and age (if under 18)
– Title of poem
– Contact email and / or telephone

Poetry Competition Application Form