The Aryamati Poetry Prize

Open for poetry pamphlets!

Closing date: 5th October 2021, 11.59 pm BST 

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2020 Winners announced here

2019 Winners announced here 


This poetry prize remembers Cambridge graduate, Olga Kenyon, (Aryamati), who had a rich career involving teaching, lecturing and writing. She was a well-respected non-fiction author, documenting and researching the history of women's writing and had eight books published. As a keen poet she won the North West Libraries poetry award in 2013 and her poem about Alderley Edge was displayed on the city's trams.

This prize seeks poets who write for social change and peace. The prize represents that which Aryamati held dear: reading widely, writing to her loved ones from across the globe by postcard and seeking critical feedback on her work, constantly aiming to improve her craft.

Therefore, the winning prize is:

  • A traditional pamphlet publication contract with Fly on the Wall Press for 2022 publication

  • 10 Fly on the Wall books worth £100 (4 hardback/paperbacks and 6 ebooks of winner's choice.)

  • 250 copies of a chosen poem printed on limited edition postcards (150 distributed in Fly on the Wall book packages and 100 gifted to winner)

  • The poem will also be published on the Fly on the Wall Blog and the winner invited to record a video of the piece for the Fly on the Wall Youtube Channel.

  • In collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Poetry Library, the winner will be invited to record their poem as part of an interview by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Poetry Library.

Runners up:

  • 3 Fly on the Wall ebooks and a choice of one of the following: 3 paperbacks from shop or a line by line edit of 5 poems of poet's choice. (Worth £37)

  • A chosen poem will also be published on the Fly on the Wall Blog and the poets will be invited to record a video of the piece for the Fly on the Wall Youtube Channel.

Entry and Submission Guidelines:

  • Poems must respond to our brief of social change and peace.

  • Poets may enter a pamphlet of between 20-30 pages (A5 Word document or PDF if preferred). No restrictions on individual poem lengths. This means there is no expected number of poems you should/shouldn't submit within this page limit, it can be entirely guided by the length of your work. Just make sure each poem starts on a new page, instead of sharing a page with another poem.

  • Poets may enter as many pamphlets as they wish.

  • Entry is £5 for each 30 page pamphlet.  This may be paid first via Paypal following this link or bank transfer. (Please email for Fly on the Wall's bank account details.)

  • 3 Free entries available for those whose finances may be a barrier at this time. To claim, please email 

  • £3 entry for those in receipt of state benefits (simply input the correct amount into the Paypal donation link.)

  • Email your entry to with a screenshot of your payment or your payment reference code, with subject line 'Aryamati Poetry Prize/First Name Last Name'

  • Pamphlets will be judged anonymously. Please only put your name in the subject line and body of your email and attach your poetry as a word document or PDF where necessary.

  • Please indicate which poem you would like to be printed on a postcard. This chosen poem from the pamphlet may be up to 40 lines but bear in mind that a postcard is A6 in size. (We are happy to consider placing an extract should it be better suited.)

  • Poems may have been previously published in any form as long as you retain copyright and have permission for them to be reprinted. However, we would prefer it if at least 25% of the full pamphlet was left unpublished at the time of submitting.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted but do let us know as soon as possible if you need to withdraw your work.

  • The judges' decision is final and we ask that you respect this and our fair judging process before entering the competition.

  • Let us know where you heard about this submission call originally if you can - this helps us know how we are reaching readers!

Links to Aryamati's Work:

800 Years of Women's Letters

Women Writers Talk

Travel and Trouble

Link to the Aryamati Bursary Fund 

(British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches)

Due to Aryamati's generosity The Breathworks

Foundation awards bursaries each year to make sure

no-one is excluded from experiencing the life-changing

benefits of mindfulness due to financial hardship.

Aryamati had lived with chronic pain for many years

and experienced great benefit from the Breathworks