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Competitions

Competitions

The Flambard Poetry Prize

The 2017 Flambard Poetry Competition is now open for entries! Please see below for details.

First prize: £1000

Second prize: £250

We are very pleased to announce the 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize, which continues to honour the achievements of Flambard Press and the inspiration of founders Margaret and Peter Lewis. Between 1990 and 2012, Flambard Press published an acclaimed range of poetry and fiction, helping to nurture many emergent and established writers regionally and nationally. It was recognised as one of the finest small independent presses in the UK.

The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

The cost of entry is £5 per group of five poems.

The closing date for the 2017 competition is: 
31st October 2017

Entries will be judged by Ellen Phethean and Rebecca Goss.

Entries can be made via the Newcastle University WebStore or by posting hard copies to:
Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts,
Percy Building,
Newcastle University,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU

Payment should be made online or by enclosing a cheque made payable to "Newcastle University" with your entries.

If you have any further questions, please email NCLA at ncenla@ncl.ac.uk.

 

The Judges:

Ellen Phethean is a writer and editor. She was a founder member of The Poetry Virgins and co-founded Diamond Twig press with Julia Darling. Her radio poem Witnessing Westgate Hill was broadcast on Stanza, BBC Radio 4 in 1997 and her verse play Journey with a Golden Lady, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2000. Her books include: Wall, a novel in poems (Smokestack Books, 2007). Written when she was Writer in Residence with Seven Stories, Centre for Children’s Books. Her first poetry collection Breath (Flambard Press, 2009) was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010. Her second collection Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman (Red Squirrel Press) was a New Writing North Read Regional choice 2014. Her YA novel Ren and the Blue Hands was published in November 2016 by Red Squirrel Press.
Rebecca Goss lives in Suffolk. Her first collection The Anatomy of Structures was published by Flambard Press in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth (Carcanet/Northern House), was shortlisted for The 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, The Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 and The Portico Prize for Literature 2015. It was winner of the Poetry Category in The 2013 East Anglian Book Awards. In 2014 Rebecca was selected for The Poetry Book Society's Next Generation Poets.

 

The Flambard Poetry Prize is proudly sponsored by The Friends of Newcastle University Library

  • Bernadette McAloon, winner of the Flambard Poetry Prize 2016

    "It was a real thrill to win the Flambard Poetry Prize and a hugely welcome affirmation for someone who came to writing poetry late for reasons familiar to and well documented by many women. Open poetry competitions like these can be great levellers."

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    The Basil Bunting Poetry Award

    The 2017 Competition is now closed. Thank you to all the poets who entered!

    The shortlist for the 2017 Competition can be found here.

     

    Your poem

    The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition is open to any poet writing in English.

    Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. The cost of entry is £7 for a single poem, or £5 per poem for multiple entries. The maximum number of entries per poet is 10.

    The closing date for the 2017 competition is: 7 April 2017. Entries will be judged by Ahren Warner.

    Prizes

    The prizes are as follows:

    • First prize: £1,000
    • Second prize: £750
    • Third prize: £250

    How to enter

    You can enter via the Newcastle University WebStore or by posting hard copies to:

    Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts
    Percy Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

    Make payment online or enclose a cheque to 'Newcastle University' with your entries.

    Webstore online payments

    Please enter the relevant price for the number of poems you submit, leaving the number of entries as '1'. This will allow you to buy entry online.

    See this example of a three-poem (£15) payment. After paying, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your poems.

    Competition rules

    We provide details of our competition rules (PDF: 197KB) for you to download.

    Further information

    If you have any further questions, please email ncenla@ncl.ac.uk

    A poet performs their work for the Basil Bunting Poetry Award at the Newcastle Poetry Festival 2016.
    Competition winner Isabel Galleymore reading at the Newcastle Poetry Festival 2016.
     

    Young Persons' Prizes

    The Basil Bunting Award also includes a separate competition especially for young poets.

    Prizes

    The three best poems submitted in each category each win a prize of £20 in gift tokens.

    Your poem

    The competition is open to any poet aged 19 or under, writing in English and resident in the UK. The competition has two categories: 14 and under and 15-19. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.

    The cost of entry is £2 per poem and the maximum number of entries per poet is three. The closing date for the 2017 competition is: 7th April 2017.

    How to enter

    Entries can are via the Newcastle University WebStore or by posting hard copies to:

    Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts
    Percy Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

    Make your payment online. You can enclose a cheque made payable to 'Newcastle University' with postal entries.

    Competition rules

    You can download our competition rules for the young persons' categories (PDF: 200 KB).

    Further information

    If you have any further questions, please email ncenla@ncl.ac.uk