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