Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts

Competitions

Competitions

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.
A poet performs their work for the Basil Bunting Poetry Award 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

The Flambard Poetry Prize

The 2017 Flambard Poetry Competition will be opening for entries soon. Watch this space for more 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 TBC.

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 "University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne" with your entries.

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

 

The Judges:

TBC

 

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

 

Competition rules:

General

Each poem submitted must be no more than 40 lines long. The title is not included in the line count.

All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document.

Entries can be on any subject and written in any style or form.

Entrants may enter any number of groups of up to five poems.

Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition, but entry fees will not be refunded.

The deadline for entries is 12 midnight (BST) on 31st October 2017. Any entries arriving after this time will not be considered.

Eligibility

The Prize is open to writers resident in the UK who have not yet published or self-published a single-authored pamphlet or collection in any language or territory worldwide. By entering the competition, you confirm that you are a UK resident and have not previously published.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that all work is your own.

The poems entered must never have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast, nor have won or been placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner-up, etc.) in any other competition.

Simultaneous submissions with other writing competitions are accepted.

Entries submitted posthumously or on behalf of another person will not be eligible.

Fees

£5 for each group of up to five poems to be paid via the NCLA webstore or cheque made out to "University of Newcastle upon Tyne".

Entry format

Entries must be written in English.

Poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of each poem, or at the beginning of the document.

Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. For postal entries, please include your name and contact details (ideally including an email address) on a separate covering letter.

Online entries should be a single file containing all five poems, to be submitted online once the entry fee is paid.

The file type of online entries must be either a .doc, .docx, .rft, .pdf or .txt file.

Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.

Copyright

Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but NCLA may seek permission to publish winning and shortlisted entries online and in a printed anthology.

Judging & results

Prizewinners will be invited to an award ceremony that will take place on the evening of Thursday 14th December 2017.

The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.