Deadline 30th April


Liverpool Gin - Roger McGough Poetry Prize 2018

Liverpool Gin - Roger McGough Poetry Prize 2018 

With Brits officially rekindling their love of verse, Liverpool Gin is using Global Scouse Day (Wednesday 28 February) to launch a national poetry competition to find the next Roger McGough – and he has enlisted his help to do so too!

Liverpool Gin and Liverpool poet Roger McGough have teamed up to find the UK’s next big names in poetry and are encouraging budding poets around the UK to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and start waxing lyrical.

To launch the search, inspire the region and to celebrate ten years on from Liverpool being named European Capital of Culture, McGough has penned a poem of his own, extolling the virtues of his home city’s famous dish – Scouse – to coincide with Global Scouse Day.

A shortlist of 50 poems will be selected by Liverpool Gin to be read by Roger McGough, who will pick three finalists including a winner.

The finalists will receive a signed Roger McGough book of poetry and a bottle of Liverpool Gin and the winner’s prize will be presented at the Liverpool Gin distillery by Roger McGough himself during a cultural prize weekend in Liverpool.

Liverpool Gin poetry competition Ts & Cs

  • Entrants must be based in the UK and be 18 or over
  • Poetry submissions must be original pieces of work
  • Special consideration will be given to entries referencing Liverpool’s cultural excellence and/or aspects relating to Liverpool Gin.
  • Submissions must be no longer than 200 words.
  • Deadline for entries at is midnight on April 30th 2018.
  • The overall winner will be announced on National Poetry Day, October 4th 2018.
  • Three finalists will receive a bottle of Liverpool Gin and a signed poetry collection from Roger McGough.
  • One overall winner will also receive a meet and greet with Roger McGough as part of a cultural weekend.


Enter the competition via the Liverpool Gin website: