Forward/emagazine Creative Critics 2022 – Advance Notice

Advance information about the Forward/emagazine Creative Critics Competition for 2022. The competition launches on Wednesday 22nd June when the pamplet of 10 poems will be available to download.

The competition

From Wednesday 22nd June:

  • Download the poems from this page when the competition goes live on 22nd June.
  • Read and think about the poems.
  • Choose one of the poems and write a creative response to it in the form of a poem (maximum 30 lines), along with a reflective commentary (maximum 300 words).
  • Complete your details and submit your entry via our online entry form. (Link will be published when the competition launches.)


  • Competition launches Wednesday 22nd June.
  • Close of competition: 5pm Wednesday 1st October (We will not be able to accept entries received after 5pm, so don’t leave it to the last minute!)
  • Winners contacted: week beginning 20th October
  • Results announced online: end October (We'll tell you the exact date when the competition launches.)


As usual, emagazine editors will be joined by a poet to judge the competition – more details soon.


  • Winner: £200
  • Two runners-up: £50
  • The winning entry will be published in the February 2023 issue of emagazine.

Who can enter?

emagazine competitions are open to all 16-19 year olds currently in full-time education. This means that students who finish their A Level courses (or equivalent courses such as IB, BTEC and Pre-U) in Summer 2022 are eligible to enter.