Winning entires will be part of our Fairy and Poetry Trail across the Chilterns in April and May 2022. Shortlisted and winning entries will also be published on our website.

Closing Date: Monday 31st January 2022

Competition Theme:
Fairies, Folk Tales and Magic

The 2022 Poetry Competition invites you to explore the magical world of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, thinking about fairies, folk tales, mystery and magic.

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:

– all poems must be linked to the theme
– 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– poems must be unpublished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:

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

Poetry Competition Application Form