Making Waves Spoken Poetry Competion

Falmouth Poetry Group is launching an exciting new prize for spoken poetry:


To enter the competition, send your poem as a sound file to, making sure that you have paid for each entry using the PayPal buttons below. Please scroll down for the full rules of the competition.

Pay for Making Waves 1st entry (£6.00)
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Pay for Making Waves subsequent entry (£4.00)
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Rules: General

  1. The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome.
  2. The closing date of the competition is midnight (UK time), 3rd September 2017.
  3. There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make. All entries will be considered anonymously.
  4. Entries must be in the form of .mp3 or m4a files included as attachments in emails. The name of the entrant and the title of each entry should be written in the body of the email. Emails should be sent to
  5. Telephone confirmation of receipt is not available. Falmouth Poetry Group is unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you send the correct file.
  6. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
  7. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges nor Falmouth Poetry Group staff will enter into any correspondence. No current committee member of Falmouth Poetry Group is eligible to enter Making Waves

Rules: The Spoken Poems

  1. Any inclusions other than the spoken words of the poem must be free of copyright restrictions. Winning entries will be scrutinised for permissions to include voices, music or other sounds.
  2. All entries are judged anonymously and the neither the entrant’s name nor the names of any of the participants can appear in the recording of the poem itself.
  3. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 200 seconds in length. Entries can be on any subject and should highlight the spoken word. The titles should also be listed in the body of the entrant’s email.
  4. Poems must be the original work of the entrant but need not be spoken by the entrant, other participants in the recording (speakers, musicians, sound, etc.) should be acknowledged in the written body of the email alongside the title.
  5. Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 September 2017.
  6. Entries must be digital recordings in .mp3, m4a, wma and other commonly playable formats.  Entries must be spoken predominantly in the English Language.

Rules: Fees

  1. The first recording costs £6.00 to submit. Entrants may enter as many recordings as they like. Subsequent entries cost £4.00 each.
  2. Payments must be made in £ sterling through PayPal. Only when payment has been confirmed will the recorded poem be entered into the competition.

Rules: Winners

  1. Prize-winners will be notified by the end of October 2017 and invited to an award ceremony after that. All winners will be required to provide a biography and photograph.
  2. All entrants who provide a valid email address will be notified about the outcome of their entry by the end of May 2017.
  3. The copyright of each recorded poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning recordings, by entering the competition, grant Falmouth Poetry Group the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem. Use of the poems elsewhere for one year from May 2017 is subject to permission from Falmouth Poetry Group.