Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2021

Published on
Friday 20 November 2020
Art & Humanities

The English Faculty and Wolfson College are delighted to announce this year's poetry competition for Oxford postgraduate students.

This competition has been set up in memory of the late Professor Jon Stallworthy (1935-2014), poet and Fellow of Wolfson College, and is open to any student currently enrolled in postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford. The funding for the prize has been provided by generous donations to the English Faculty and to Wolfson College from Old Possum's Practical Trust and from the Derek Hill Foundation (with thanks to Lord Gowrie). 
The prize will be awarded, provided there is an entry of sufficient merit, for the best poem in English verse not exceeding 40 lines in length on the subject of 'Scrolls'. The value of the prize is £1,000, and entrants may submit up to three poems. The judges will include the Oxford Professor of Poetry, Alice Oswald.
Poems should be submitted electronically with the subject line 'Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize' to the English Faculty Office at:, not later than Friday of 8th week, Michaelmas Term (4 December 2020). Authors should include a motto, which will be used to ensure their entries are judged anonymously. They should also provide their name, college, and date of matriculation . 

The online award ceremony will be held at 6pm on Monday 18 January 2021.