Lady Gray

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Leila Witkin, one of the patrons of our Poetry in McGregor Festival, we are thrilled to announce the theme for this year’s competition.


The competition is open to published and non-published poets.

There are two categories OPEN and YOUTH (writers under the age of 18).

Poems may be submitted in English and Afrikaans.

Poems should not exceed 36 lines.

  • In the OPEN CATEGORY we will award a first prize of R5 000, a second prize of R2 000, and a third prize of R1 000.
  • In the YOUTH CATEGORY there will be a first prize of R2 000, a second prize of R1 000, and a third prize of R500.

Entries are now open and may be sent to mcgpoets@gmail.com    with the subject title Competition – Youth or Adult category /Your surname

CLOSING DATE is 30th of September 2020.

Due to current circumstances, we are short staffed, so NO CORRESPONDENCE will be entered into regarding the competition.

The poems will be judged by external well-known poets, and their decision will be final.

Finalists will be announced mid-September and winners at the launch of our 2019 Poetry in McGregor Anthology.

Hopefully, this will take place in October or November, in McGregor, depending on our Lockdown situation. The date for this event will be published on this website as soon as it is finalised.

Thank you to the following Sponsors for their support of Poetry in McGregor events