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The Poetry Society is a membership organisation, open to all, whose stated aim is "to promote the study, use and enjoyment of poetry".



The Society was founded in London in February 1909 as the Poetry Recital Society, becoming the Poetry Society in 1912. Its first President was Lady Margaret Sackville.[1]

The Poetry Society publishes Poetry Review, Britain's leading poetry magazine, which provides a forum for poems from both new and established poets. Its editor is currently Fiona Sampson.[2]

The Society also organises several competitions, including the British National Poetry Competition[3] and the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award [4]. The society also ran the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize from 1986 to 1997.

Previous winners of the National Poetry Competition include in 2009 Helen Dunmore: 'The Malarkey' and most recent winner, Paul Adrian for his poem: 'Robin in Flight'.[5]

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