How do I submit my poem?2020-08-20T14:06:52+01:00

We use Submittable, go to the ‘How to Enter’ tab and follow instructions. You will be asked to set up a Submittable account.

You will then be asked how many poems you would like to submit and you’ll be asked for payment: one poem is £7, then it is £4 for each additional poem. AONB ‘Best Poem of Landscape’ is free to enter if you’ve already paid to submit one poem to the Ginkgo Prize.

After payment and registration you’ll be emailed a link to submit your first poem. You will then be sent a follow-up email, confirming that we’ve received your poem. In this email there will be a link for you to submit another poem (if you’ve paid for multiple entries). If you’d just like to submit one poem then simply ignore this email.

AONB Prize: a link to submit a poem for ‘Best Poem of Landscape,’ will appear in the follow-up email to your initial submission. Simply click the link and follow instructions to enter this Prize for free, if you feel that your poem fits this criterion.

Each poem needs to be submitted individually, so you will keep receiving the follow up email with a submissions link until you’ve submitted all of your poems.

If you’re having trouble submitting your poem/poems please contact: support@submittable.com. And if you’re unclear about any of the prize’s terms and conditions please contact: jaz@ginkgoprize.com.

I haven’t received a submission link2020-08-20T14:08:17+01:00

Please check your spam folder, if you still can’t see the submittable email please contact: support@submittable.com.

Can I make changes after my poem has been submitted?2020-08-20T14:09:18+01:00

You can’t change poems after they’ve been submitted. If you want to submit a revised version of your poem, then please send it as a separate entry. Both versions will be reviewed.

I accidentally left my name or contact details on my entry, will my poem be disqualified?2020-08-20T14:10:11+01:00

Please contact us as soon as you’ve made your entry, then we can remove your contact details. If your details are left on there, it may result in your poem being disqualified.

Are simultaneous submissions allowed?2020-08-20T14:10:57+01:00

You may submit your poem to other competitions or publications at the same time you enter the Ginkgo Prize, but please be aware that if you win our prize, we’d like you to withdraw it from elsewhere. If your poem wins another competition before our winners are announced, please let us know as soon as possible.

How will you know which poems are mine if I don’t write my name on them?2020-08-20T14:11:42+01:00

Poems will be linked to your submittable account which contains your first and last name, the submittable process ensures that all poems will be judged anonymously.

Must entries be unpublished?2020-08-20T14:12:30+01:00

Yes. Poems that have already been published are not eligible to win the Ginkgo Prize.

Do you allow free entry for applicants with a low income?2020-09-22T14:36:42+01:00

A: Yes, we offer two free entries each year. Please download and fill out the form saved here to see if you’re eligible for our free-entry scheme. Please download the form, fill it out electronically, then once it’s been completed send to: jaz@ginkgoprize.com. We’ll get back in touch to let you know how to proceed with your entry.

Does having a poem on my own blog, Twitter or Facebook page count as website publication?2020-08-20T14:13:04+01:00


Can I send the same poem that I entered in last year’s competition?2020-08-20T14:13:51+01:00

Yes, so long as that poem hasn’t been published or won another competition over the intervening period.

Can I enter a revision of my first poem as a second entry?2020-08-20T14:14:17+01:00


I accidentally submitted the wrong poem. Can I switch it?2020-08-20T14:15:05+01:00

Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been submitted. If you’d like the judges to consider another poem, please send it as a new entry.

When will the competition winners be announced?2022-02-02T15:34:53+00:00

Competition winners will be announced in Early Summer 2022.

Can I enter by post?2022-02-02T15:35:29+00:00

The Ginkgo Prize is an ecopoety prize, which is why we’ve opted for paperless submissions. The only way to enter Ginkgo Prize is through our submittable system, please read our ‘How to Enter’ tab for further instructions.

What files am I able to submit?2020-08-28T10:50:47+01:00

Submittable accepts the following document types: .csv , .doc , .docx , .odt , .pdf , .rtf , .txt , .wpd , .wpf

How will I receive confirmation that my entry has been submitted?2020-08-20T14:17:48+01:00

Once your payment has gone through, you will receive a submissions link via email, there will be instructions guiding you through the process. If you run into problems before the submitting your poem contact: jaz@ginkgoprize.com. If you run into difficulty during the submissions process, please contact: support@submittable.com.

If you’re having trouble submitting your poem/poems please contact: support@submittable.com. And if you’re unclear about any of the prize’s terms and conditions please contact: jaz@ginkgoprize.com.

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