Open House Competition

The Open House Competition

All winners have now been notified. We are looking forward to revealing the winning poems and their poets in issue #72 in October. Thank you to everyone who entered The Open House Competition.


We are thrilled to announce Khairani Barokka as this year’s judge!

1st prize           £500

2nd prize          £150

3rd prize           £75

The three winning poems and seven commended poems will be published on The Interpreter’s House website and also be featured in an Open House Competition pamphlet.


Khairani Barokka is an Indonesian writer, poet and artist in London whose work has been presented extensively in 13 countries. Barokka has received six residencies and multiple grants and award nominations: she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow for her masters and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. Okka is the writer, performer and producer of hearing-impaired accessible solo show, Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee. She is most recently co-editor of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, 2017); author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis, 2017); and author of poetry collection Rope (Nine Arches, 2017). Her latest art installation was Annah: Nomenclature at the ICA. She is a Visual Cultures PhD Researcher at Goldsmiths.

Photo ©Wasi Daniju

Photo ©Wasi Daniju


Because The Interpreter's Houses is a not-for-profit and free-to-access publication, the competition is a key way for us to raise funds and help keep the lights on here at the House. However, the editors are keenly aware, and have direct experience, that expensive competitions can alienate writers on a tight budget and prohibit their participation. Accordingly, we have revised the entry fees for the 2019 competition to make it more accessible and affordable to all:

Single poem entry         £1.75

Three poem entry         £5.00

Six poem entry             £10.00

Entrants may enter as many poems as they wish, using combinations of the above options.


 Because we are keen to minimise the environmental impact of all of our endeavours here at the House, we prefer online entries. However, we acknowledge that this route of submission may not be available to all. Accordingly, we do accept postal entries.

Decide which poems you want to enter, bearing in mind the following criteria. All poems submitted should be in English, your own original work and previously unpublished. Individual poems must be no longer than 40 lines. Make sure that your name and address do not feature anywhere on your poems.  

You can find more information in the competition rules. 

Online entries

1. Pay for your competition entry via the PayPal link below. You may enter as many poems as you wish, using combinations of the above options.

Open House Competition Entry

2. Email your poems as a WORD document attachment to Make sure that your name and address do not feature on your poems.  Quote your PayPal Transaction ID in the title of your email. We need this number in order to process your competition entry. In the body of your email, tell us how many poems you are entering and the title of your poems. Please give a phone number or postal address so that, should the need arise, we have an alternative way of contacting you. You will receive an automatic reply acknowledging your entry into the competition.

3. Do NOT send your competition entries to our regular submissions email address as they cannot be processed for the competition from there.

Postal Entries

1. You can pay for your postal competition entry via the PayPal links above. However, if this is not possible you can send a cheque with your postal entry, made out for the correct value (see above) and payable to The Interpreter’s House.

2. Poems should be typed or neatly handwritten in black ink on A4 paper. If you are sending multiple poems, new poems should begin on a fresh page.

3. Poems and cheques or PayPal transaction IDs should be posted to:

The Open House Competition

The Interpreter’s House

6/12 Commercial Wharf



4. If you would like a receipt for your postal entry, send a small envelope marked receipt, self-addressed and stamped with UK postage, or enclosed with an international reply coupon.

Good luck to all entrants!

PAST winners