South Bank Poetry Magazine Competition

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Posted: 12 April 2011

South Bank Poetry magazine editor, Peter Ebsworth, has linked up with the Poetry Book Society for South Bank Poetry magazine's first competition, inviting unpublishedpoems of up to 50 lines, with a London focus or context. Any explicit London connection, past, present or future is acceptable. This is the first time this poetry buff's prize has been offered in a competition. First prize winner will receive five new books every quarter which are PBS choices and recommendations, and an anthology. 21 books in all! Other benefits include the PBS Bulletin, poetry book vouchers and membership discounts of up to 25% on other poetry books. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. The Judge is Niall O'Sullivan who will read every entry.

Closing Date, 9th May, 2011 (including entries postmarked that date). Prize-winning and Commended poets will be listed on the Poetry Book Society website by mid-June.


First prize: Charter Membership of the Poetry Book Society.

Second Prize: £200.

Third Prize: £150.

Fourth Prize: A pair of tickets for the 2012 T S Eliot readings and a two year subscription to SBP magazine.

Fifth Prize: A pair of tickets to the 2012 T S Eliot readings and a one year subscription to SBP magazine.

Five Commended poets will receive a one year subscription to SBP.

Entry Fee: 1st poem £3.50, 2nd poem £2.50, 3rd poem £2.00, 4th poem £1.50, or 5 for £10 and £1 each additional poem. South Bank Poetry magazine subscribers 1st poem £3.00, 2nd poem free, 3rd poem £1.50, 4th poem £1 or 5 for £6 and £1 each additional poem.

As a special offer to all PBS full and associate members only, for the duration of the competition, new subscribers may enter poems at the reduced rate if they add £7.50 (instead of the usual£9) for a three issue subscription, inc. p and p to anywhere in the UK. Please quote the first three digits only of your PBS membership number in claiming this discount.

How to Enter: No entry form required, send two copies of each poem, one anonymous, other with contact details, to: South Bank Poetry competition, 74 Sylvan Road, London SE19 2RZ. Cheques drawn on a UK bank or postal orders crossed, payable to 'Peter Ebsworth' not South Bank Poetry.

All entries will be simultaneously considered for publication in South Bank Poetry magazine if a contact e-mail address is included. They will be read by the Editor, after the Judge has made his choices.

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