Announcing the Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize 2024

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

This competition was 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 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 ‘Borders’. The value of the prize is £1,000, and entrants may submit up to two poems. The judges will include the Oxford Professor of Poetry, A.E. Stallings. 

Entries should be submitted by email with the subject “Jon Stallworthy Poetry Prize” to the English Faculty Office (, not later than Friday of 8th week, Michaelmas Term (1 December 2023).

Authors should conceal their names and identify their entry documents with a motto; multiple entries should be numbered. Please complete the contact details form and submit this alongside your entry.

The award ceremony will be hosted by Wolfson College on Thursday 18 January 2024.