How will my poems be judged?
All poems are submitted to the judges with no additional information. The judges will not know the name, age, gender or location of the author. All that they will have to judge are the words that you put to paper.
Do I have to submit all of the poems I want at once?
Yes. To ensure the registration system and payment function works, you are not able to edit your entries after submission, so you need to submit every poem you want to enter at the same time. The terms and conditions do not allow the editing of entries.
I have published my poem on my blog, social media or in print, does that make it ineligible for entry?
Our definition of publication excludes self-publishing. You are welcome to enter any poem you have written if it has not been published by a third party at the time of submission.
Is there any theme or structure required?
No, let your creativity flow. There is no theme, nor is there a preferred structure. Everything from free verse to formal styles such as bush poetry, sonnets and haikus are welcome.
I would like to edit the poem I have submitted. Can that be done?
No, the terms and conditions do not allow the editing of submitted poems.
I cannot enter the competition as the registration system is telling me that my email address is already used.
If you are a past entrant or have attended other USQ events in the past, you may already have an account with us. When you select enter now on the homepage and it redirects you, enter your email address on the right under ‘Have you registered with us before?’ then click on the ‘I forgot my password’ link in the lower right hand corner. This should automatically send you an email to reset your password.
Once you have reset your password, you should be able to login under the ‘Have you registered with us before?’ and proceed with your submission. If this doesn’t work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an image of the error message you are receiving and we will help you find another way.
I don’t have access to a computer, is there another way to enter the competition?
We encourage all entrants to register online, and if they do not have computer access to seek assistance from family and friends. If this is not possible, please contact email@example.com to arrange an alternative.