About the Prize

The Edward Lear Prize for Poetry will be presented annually (up to 10 years) by the Owl and the Pussycat Hotel (Thalpe, Sri Lanka) at the Galle Literary Festival to the poet of the best – in the opinion of judges – eligible poem in the English language.

The finalists for the prize will be invited to attend the award ceremony which will be hosted during the Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

Learn more at the official Edward Lear Prize for Poetry website: http://www.edwardlearprizeforpoetry.com/



“They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.”

Edward Lear (1812-1888)

This poem was a favourite childhood poem of mine and as an adult I often get pleasure in reading his poems again and again, particularly The Owl and the Pussycat.

In fact I loved it so much I named my little hotel in Thalpe, Owl and the Pussycat.

Every line in the poem reverberated with the space I had created and was thrilled to dedicate my first Sri Lankan project to this wonderful poet.

I hope this prize will enable young aspiring poets to find inspiration from his works and create something unique and special that is a celebration of this life.

Reita Gadkari
Chair of the Edward Lear Prize for Poetry


2018 Rules and Submissions for Entry


View Entry Form and Sign up: http://www.edwardlearprizeforpoetry.com/entry-form-and-information/

Information about the winners will remain on the Edward Lear Prize for Poetry website for three years along with their photos and poems.

We wish the applicants all the best!