Jack Clemo Poetry Competition 2016

Jack Clemo Sculpture

The competition continues to attract entries from around the UK.

The primary aim is to encourage poetry per se. We wish to see Christians writing better and better poetry and that poetry should not exist in some kind of ghetto land, but it should be out there in the forefront of artistic forms roaring away and making its presence felt.

This is the sculpture, made from Cornish stone, and is held by the winner of the competition for a year.

Jack Clemo Drawing by Heather Spears

Drawing by Heather Spears

In addition to holding the sculpture for one year, the winner receives a cheque for £100.

There is a monetary reward of £75 for the second and £50 for the third. The winning entries are published on this website.

The Award Occasion

The awards are presented by someone prominent in either literary, religious or media fields. In 2013, at the last competition, we welcomed Ruth Gledhill, then long standing Religious Correspondent of The Times.

How to Enter

Entrants may enter up to three poems of up to 40 lines in length. The subject matter should in some way spin off the sentence: "wonderful things are about to happen - wildest things are about to happen".

Entries should be sent to Tony Jasper as indicated on the application form, and preferably by email.

Do ensure you have a copy of your entry.

Poems should not have been previously published.

Copyright of the poems remain with the writer but ACG reserves publication rights of the prize-winning entries.


For a copy of the application form, click here.

Do not put your name on entries to ensure anonymity in the judging.

The Judges

The competition is being administered by Tony Jasper. The judges in the past have included some well known writers and editors, as well as several with publishing contacts. They have included Stewart Henderson, one of the UK’s leading poets and known especially for his long running BBC Radio 4 series of ’Questions. Questions.’ and Adrian Plass, best selling author.

In 2013 the Judges were:

Moira Andrews, Education Lecturer with children’s and adult’s poems in publication.
Christine Smith, Publishing Director/Manager of Canterbury Press.
Isabel Hariades, freelance with Harvey Miller, Thames and Hudson, Macmillan, Jonathan Cape publishers.
Heather Martin, Associate Professor of Religion at Principia College IN.
Dr Gemma Goodman, Associate Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Warwick University.
Garry Tregidga, Associate Director of Institute of Cornish Studies.


Tony Jasper Competition Administrator