About the theme

The Dead Cat Poetry Prize is a prize dedicated to poetry about... yes, dead cats. For more details about what this theme means in practice, please see our FAQs

How to enter


1.    Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 17 2021.

2.   The entry fee for each poem is £2.75, to be paid to via PayPal only.

3.   The poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself, so that entries may be judged   anonymously.

4.   All submissions must be sent to as a .doc .docx, or .pdf file.

5.   You must include the Transaction ID for your entry fee provided by PayPal.


Terms of entry


1.   The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome. 


2.    Poems must be your own original work.


3.   Poems submitted must not have been previously published, either online or in print. Entries must not have been named among the prize winners, commendations or shortlist of another competition.


4.   Poems must be written in English. Translations (in English) of your own poem in another language are welcome, as are poems in any variant or dialect of English.


5.   Poems must be no longer than 60 lines on no more than 2 pages.

6.  There is no limit to the number of poems you can submit; however, you will need to pay the £2.75 entry fee for each poem.

7.  Re-drafts and edits cannot be considered; if you wish to submit a new version of your poem, you must submit it as a separate entry and pay £2.75 entry fee.

8.  Poetry not related to the theme will not be considered. For more details on the theme, please refer to the FAQs.




1.   The 2021 prize winners will be announced on on April 28 2021. The winning poems (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) will be published on the website and credited to the winning poets. By submitting your work, you grant The Dead Cat Poetry Prize the right to publish any poem you enter, in part or in whole, on the competition website and in any relevant promotional material, including press releases. 


2.   Subject to the above, copyright for each entry remains with the respective author. 

3.   Prizes of £25, £10 and £5 will be awarded to the overall, second and third prize winners respectively.

4.  The judges’ decision is final. Judges of The Dead Cat Poetry Prize are not able to enter into discussion about their decisions, or to offer feedback.


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