Prole Laureate Competition, 2021


The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition for 2021 is now closed to entries. Many thanks to all who entered. All poems have been passed to our judge. For results, keep an eye on our website and social media or opt in to our email service. (See home page.)



Winner receives £300 and publication in Prole, issue 32. (June 2021)

2 x runners up receive £75 each and publication in Prole 32.

All three will be published on our website.



All entries will be anonymised and sent to our judge, Carrie Etter. See details for Carrie below.


Time Scale

We will accept entries until April 30th, 2021.

Winner will be announced in issue 32 of Prole and on our website.



We are, as ever, open regarding length, style and content. We are looking for poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, challenging and entertaining. Quality is all.

All entries must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished. We will accept simultaneous submissions as long as you notify us of publication or winning elsewhere. In this case, no refunds will be made.



£3 for one entry, £2 each for any subsequent entries.


How to enter

By email -

Include your name and PayPal transaction number - you can copy this when you are paying.

Please do not use an attachment. Include the peom/poems in the body of the email.

Use the PayPal option below.

By post.

Cheque in GBP only please, made out to P Robertson.

Mail to:

Brett Evans

15 Maes-y-Dre



LL22 7HW

American expat Carrie Etter has published four collections of poetry, most recently The Weather in Normal (UK: Seren; US: Station Hill, 2018), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Poetry Review, and The Times Literary Supplement; she also publishes short fiction, essays, and reviews.

The 2021 Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition

We are now closed to entries and entries are being passed to our judge. Thank you for your support.


We are open for submissions for the 2021 Prole Pamphlet Competition from 1st June to 16th September.

As ever, we are looking for writing that exemplifies the values of Prole: writing that engages, entertains and challenges the reader. We are completely open in terms of style and subject matter, it’s quality that counts.

We will accept simultaneous submissions on the condition you inform us if your submission finds succes elsewhere.



Open for submissions from 1st June until 16th September, 2020.

The winner will be announced in December and published in early 2021.


We’re looking for between twenty and forty pages (A5) of poetry.


The winner receives £200 and 25 copies. (Further copies can be supplied at a discount.)


John McCullough - see below for details.

How to enter

By email:

Send your entry as an attachment with nothing on the attachment to identify you. Fees can be paid here on our website using PayPal. Use the button below.

My post: Send your entry with a cover letter with nothing on the manuscript to identify you. Cheques payable to P Robertson. GBP only.

To: Brett Evans

15 Maes-y-Dre



LL22 7HW


£12 per entry, £8 for subsequent entries.

Our judge is John McCullough. John lives in Hove. His first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs (Salt), won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012 and was a Book of the Year for The Independent as well as a summer read in The Observer. This was followed by Spacecraft (Penned in the Margins, 2016) which was a summer read in The Guardian and shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize. His latest book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds (Penned in the Margins, 2019) was recently shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. The judges said “This collection – hilarious, harrowing and hyper-modern – offers a startlingly fresh insight into vulnerability and suffering.” 

Find out more about John on his website here.