Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2023

troubadour international poetry prize 2023

results announced wed 28 feb 2024
Check out winners, winning poems & judges’ reports, 2023 & prior, on our previous-winners’-poems page.

judged by mona arshi & tom sleigh

  • first prize £2,000
  • second prize £1,000
  • third prize £500
  • plus 20 commendeds

closed: sun 10 dec 2023


  • Mona Arshi worked as a Human Rights lawyer at Liberty before starting to write poetry: her collection, Small Hands, won the 2015 Forward Prize, her poems have featured in Poems on the Underground, was recently commissioned to write a programme on The Odyssey for BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week & she is Visiting Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her latest poetry collection Dear Big Gods (Pavilion Poetry, 2019), was followed by her debut novel, Somebody Loves You, in 2021.
  • Tom Sleigh’s ten poetry collections include House of Fact, House of Ruin, Station Zed &, just published, The King’s Touch (Graywolf, Feb 2022): he is the author of the essay collections The Land between Two Rivers & Interview with a Ghost. A Distinguished Professor in the MFA Program at Hunter College (City University of New York), Tom lives in Brooklyn, & during the last ten years, has also worked as a journalist in Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, Kenya, Iraq, & Libya.

judges read all poems submitted


  • Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country, may be on any theme, & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously published; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or number of subsequent submissions.
  • Submission: Email only, no postal entries: email your poems as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only) to; include in email: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & PayPal Receipt Number.
  • Fees: £6/€7/$8 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); pay online (see below, PayPal account not required).
  • Timeline: Submit by midnight (your local time) on Sun 10 Dec 2023; prize-winners will be contacted in week commencing Mon 19 Feb 2024.
  • Acknowledgement/Results: Submissions acknowledged within 14 days of receipt; results posted on website after Wed 28 Feb 2024; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence entered into.
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Supporting WB Yeats Bedford Park Project, Reg. Charity 1172224

All proceeds from this year’s poetry prize go to ongoing development at the recently unveiled/launched Yeats #EnwroughtLight artwork & visitor experience (details here) celebrating Yeats’s Nobel-Prize Centenary 1923-2023: closing date for submissions is Sunday 10th December, the date on which Yeats received his Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm!


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