University of Nottingham Malaysia
School of English

Malaysian Universities Poetry Writing Competition 2017

in conjunction with the English Language Carnival  

This competition is co-organised by the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia and the School of English, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. 

The aims of this poetry writing competition are to encourage a love of writing poetry in English among university students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in creative writing. 

Rules for participation: 

  • All submissions must be unpublished original work (including publications in personal blogs, etc.); 
  • Each writer can submit a maximum of three poems; 
  • Each poem must not exceed 40 lines; 
  • Poems must be written in the English language; and
  • This competition is open to both Malaysian and international under-graduate students studying in Malaysian universities from any field of study. 
Entry guidelines: 
  • All entries must be made online through email;
  • Complete the entry form which can be downloaded from below; 
  • All entries must be in Word document format in a single file; 
  • Each poem must be on a new page. The first page will the entry form. The second page onwards will
    contain the title of the poem and the poem;
  • Any entry that does not comply to these guidelines will be rejected; 
  • All entries must reach the organisers by 9 October 2017. No late entries will be accepted; and
  • Email entries to

Judging of entries:

  • There will be no correspondence between the judges and the writers; 
  • A panel of judges will judge the entries;
  • 20 poems will be long-listed;
  • From the 20 poems, 10 poems will be short-listed;
  • The top three winners will be chosen from the 10 short-listed poems;
  • All winners will be announced at the prize-giving ceremony;
  • The judges may decide not to award certain prizes at their discretion; and 
  • The judges’ decision is final.


  • First prize: RM 1,000.00
  • Second prize: RM 750.00
  • Third prize: RM500.00 
  • Shortlisted poems: RM200 each
  • Longlisted poems: RM100 each
The deadline for submission is 9th October 2017, Monday

The terms and conditions and entry form for the competition can be downloaded by clicking on the links. 

The competition flyer can be downloaded here.

Complete details on the competition can be downloaded here

Prize-Giving Ceremony
The prize-giving ceremony will be held on 15 December 2017, Friday at the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, Semenyih, Selangor, 9.30 a.m.

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