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We are thrilled to invite you to enter the 2022 MONO. Poetry Prize judged this year by Joelle Taylor. This competition is completely unthemed. Why? Because we want you to go off-piste, totally off the beaten track and we're not putting any boundaries in your way. Line count? You choose. You can enter up to three poems at a cost of £6 per poem (just adjust the quantity at checkout if necessary). 

1st Prize £500

2nd Prize £200

3rd Prize £100

First prize winner will be published in the October 2022 journal.

3 x Highly Commended will be published on the blog.

Deadline: 11.59pm Friday 1st August 2022


1. Click on the button below to be taken to the shop. Go to 'Poetry Prize Entry' and you will be taken through a secure checkout process where you can pay via card/Paypal.

2. Please send your entry and order number to: editor.monosubmissions@gmail.com. You will receive receipt of your entry by email.



‘Joelle Taylor’s a shape-shifter, myth-maker, linguistic risk taker; poetical activist, surrealist with a raised fist'
Patience Agbabi

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet and author who prior to the pandemic completed a world tour with her collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me. She founded SLAMbassadors, the UK national youth poetry slam championships, as well as the international spoken-word project Borderlines. She is widely anthologised, the author of 4 collections of poetry, and is currently completing her debut collection of inter-connecting short stories The Night Alphabet. Her new poetry collection C+NTO & Othered Poems was published in June 2021 and is the subject of the Radio 4 arts documentary Butch. C+nto won the T.S Eliot Prize 2021, and was named by The Telegraph, the New Statesman, The White Review & Times Literary Supplement as one of the best poetry books of 2021, as well as DIVA magazine’s Book of the Month, and awarded 5 stars by the Morning Star. She has received a Changemaker Award from the Southbank Centre, a Fellowship of the RSA, and her poem Valentine was Highly Commended in the Forward Prize. She is a co-curator and host of Out-Spoken Live, the UK’s premier poetry and music club currently resident at the Southbank Centre. She is the commissioning editor at Out-Spoken Press 2020-2022.

'In these times of austerity, hypocrisy, political corruption, and mindless reality television, we need poetry like this. Joelle Taylor does not mess about. Her poetry is fearless. It gets right to the point. Her poetry has purpose.’
Benjamin Zephaniah

We asked Joelle what she'll be looking for in the winning poems:

'I am looking for poems that surprise, that nurture, that disrupt the page they are balanced on. I'm particularly drawn to work that tests the limits of both the written and the performed. '

Take a look at this for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQEokQDsJII





  • Entrants may submit up to 3 poems only and will be charged £6 per poem. 


  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own. Any evidence to the contrary will result in immediate disqualification.


  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition. If your entry has been long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions, and provided it has not won a prize or been published, it is eligible.


  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but will become ineligible should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the date of prize giving.  Entry fees will not be refunded. You must inform us immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.


  • Entries submitted posthumously are not eligible.


  • Family members associated with MONO editors/judges are not eligible to enter.


  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age.


  • Receipt of entries will be confirmed by email.


  • Entries will be short-listed, and winners chosen by the judge, after the closing date. The judges decision is final.


  • By entering the competition, you confirm that all information submitted by you is true, current, and complete. MONO. reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.


  • Any personal data relating to entrants will not be disclosed to a third party without the individual’s consent. Please see our Privacy Policy for full details of our commitment to your data security.


  • Winners will be paid via bank transfer or Paypal (if preferred), so please make sure you are able to receive this.


  • No alternative prize or cash in lieu will be offered and the prize is non-transferable.


  • MONO. reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the rules.


  • In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct, results and all other matters relating to a competition, the decision of the judge(s) shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

  • MONO. will not be liable if a prize does not reach a prize-winner for any reason outside of their control.


  • No refunds will be given should an entrant change their mind.


  • MONO. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition in the event of unforeseen circumstances or circumstances outside its reasonable control.

  • Winners may be requested to take part in promotional activity on our blog and MONO. reserves the right to use the names of winners in any publicity both in paper and online.

  • MONO. reserves the right to re-draw an alternative winner and re-allocate the prize, if after a period of 28 days, the original winner has not responded

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