Open House Competition

The Open House Competition

The 2019 Open House Poetry Competition will be open for entries from 2 January to 28 February 2019.

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.

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 that enable us 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.

Further details including the judge, competition rules and submission procedure will be announced soon. 

Congratulations to the 2018 winners, judged by Zaffar Kunial, author of US (Faber & Faber, 2018)


Theophilus Kwek
Operation Thunderstorm


Zaffar Kunial’s lives in Hebden Bridge. His debut pamphlet was published by Faber & Faber in 2014 as part of the Faber New Poets series. In the same year he became the Wordsworth Trust Poet-in-Residence. He has twice been a prize-winner in the National Poetry Competition. He left his full-time job as a ‘Creative Writer' for Hallmark Cards when he won a Northern Writers’ Award in 2013. In 2015 he won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. His full-length collection US (2018) was published by Faber & Faber. 

Runner Up

Karen Izod


Claire Dyer
Transgender Lesson #23: Doing Cartwheels at The Ritz

Eleanor Hooker
Exquisite Corpse

Fiona Larkin
Home is Where One Starts From

Sarah Watkinson


Cheryl Pearson
Protection Spell for a Lover

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