The Aryamati Poetry Prize


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 2016 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:

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

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

  • A line by line edit of 10 poems of poet's choice. (Worth £50)

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)

Entry and Submission Guidelines:

  • Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. Entry is £2.50 for first poem and £1 per poem after this.  This may be paid first via Paypal following this link or bank transfer. (Please email for Fly on the Wall's bank account details.)

  • 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'

  • Poems 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.

  • Poems 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.

  • 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