The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single
unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone, as long as the poem is previously
unpublished, and each year it attracts thousands of entries from new and
established poets from over 50 countries worldwide.
The prize is judged anonymously by a single poet. The judge only learns who the
shortlisted poets are following the selection of the winning poems. Past judges
include Claudia Rankine, Marie Howe, Deborah Landau, Daljit Nagra, Leontia
Flynn, Billy Collins, Nick Laird and Warsan Shire.
Past winners include Michael Lavers, Natalya Anderson, Lee Sharkey, Ann Gray
(whose poem was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem)
and Abigail Parry (who was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best
The winner of The Moth Poetry Prize 2021 was British poet Aniqah Choudhri. You
can watch her read her winning poem ‘The Unloving Ground’ here.
Louise Glück won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. The judges praised ‘her
unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence
universal.’ Her other awards include the Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities
Medal, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award and Bollingen
Prize. From 2003 to 2004, she was Poet Laureate of the United States.
HOW TO ENTER
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and
There is no line limit, and the poems can be on any subject.
The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can ENTER ONLINE or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order
made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name
and contact details and the title of your poem(s) attached to: The Moth,
Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768.
**If you are concerned about formatting online,
please go through the online process and then email your poem as a Word
attachment with your entry number directly to
Please remember to READ THE RULES of the competition before you enter.
CLOSING DATE 31 DECEMBER 2022
The shortlist will be announced in March 2023 and the four shortlisted poems
will appear in the spring 2023 issue of The Moth.
The overall winner of €6,000 will be announced at a special award ceremony
at Poetry Ireland in Dublin in the spring of 2023.
Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
‘Judging The Moth Poetry Prize was a beautiful experience. I’ve come away
changed ‒ inspired and hopeful.’ Warsan Shire
‘The great thing about winning with this poem is that I have actually submitted
it to other competitions without success. Sometimes you have to give up on your
favourites, but sometimes it is worth ignoring the feedback and sticking with
your gut. I am glad I did with this poem.’ Damen O’Brien