The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition 2011

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Posted: 21 November 2011

This year is the Poetry Business' 25th Anniversary and they are celebrating with their biggest and best competition yet, with Carol Ann Duffy as a judge as well as a host of special prizes.

Poetry Business poets have won and been shortlisted in the Aldeburgh, Felix Dennis, Forward and T S Eliot prizes and in the Michael Marks award for the best pamphlet. We have been at the very start of some writers' careers and continued to develop others on our list including Michael Laskey, Jane Roth, Carole Bromley, Mike Barlow, Michael Schmidt and Ed Reiss.

This month five Poetry Business poets are represented in Poems of the Decade: an anthology of the Forward books of Poetry 2002-2011 including Sue Boyle for her lovely poem, 'A Leisure Centre is Also a Temple of Learning'.


2011 Competition - just two weeks left to enter


Our 25th anniversary competition is judged by Carol Ann Duffy - and if having your work read by the Poet Laureate isn´t enough the prizes also include:

Publication by Smith/Doorstop

Book publication for the overall winner, and pamphlet publication for three first-stage winners

The overall winner will also receive six free copies of their title, and 10% royalties. Pamphlet winners receive 20 free Copies

The winning collections will be launched at poetry readings hosted by The Poetry Business; and poems selected from the collections will be published in The North magazine

The winners will also be invited to attend a Poetry Business Writing Day free of charge


A share of £2,000 donated by NAWE

"NAWE is delighted to be sponsoring this highly distinguished competition, run by one of the UK´s foremost poetry development agencies." - Paul Munden (Director, NAWE)


The Sheffield Prize


All entrants with a Sheffield postcode will be automatically entered onto the Sheffield Prize which is sponsored by The University of Sheffield. The best single poem from each collection will be considered for the chance to win £100 cash and publication in The North. And, to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Poetry Business, the winner of the Sheffield Prize will also receive a silver bookmark, crafted and hallmarked by silversmiths at The Sheffield Assay Office.


How to enter

You can enter by post using a leaflet which can be downloaded from the website;

Or, if you prefer, you can enter online.


Source: The Poetry Business

Categories: Poetry Prizes

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