The Flambard Poetry Prize



First prize: £1000

Second prize: £250

We are very pleased to announce a new prize for poetry, The Flambard Poetry Prize, which has been set up in recognition of 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 will be 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 2014 competition is:
1st September 2014.

Entries will be judged by Peter Bennet and Gladys Mary Coles.

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

Payment should be made via the NCLA Webstore 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


The Judges:

Peter Bennet is the author of several books of poetry, including Goblin Lawn (2005), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, The Glass Swarm(2008), a Poetry Book Society Choice which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and A Game of Bear (2011), all published by Flambard Press. He has received major awards from New Writing North and Arts Council England and been a prizewinner in the National and the Arvon International Poetry Competitions, and in the Basil Bunting Awards. More recently, Bloodaxe published his retrospective Border: New & Selected Poems (2013).


Gladys Mary Coles is a novelist, poet, historian and editor, internationally known for her biographical and critical work on Mary Webb. She has received many prizes and awards, and was selected to represent Britain in the Euro-Literature Project. Her poetry collections include Song of the Butcher Bird and The Echoing Green, plus a novel, Clay, all published by Flambard.



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


Competition rules:


Each poem submitted must be no more than 40 lines long. The title is not included in the word 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 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 1st September 2014. Any entries arriving after this time will not be considered.


The Prize is open to writers resident in the UK who have not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. 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.

Entries 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 competiton.

Simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

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


£5 for each group of five poems to be paid via the NCLA webstore or cheque.

Entry format

Entries must be written in English.

Poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of the first page.

Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. Please include your name and contact information in a separate covering letter or email.

Online entries should be a single file containing all five poems, attached to an email sent to

The filename of online entries must be the title of the entry (or of the first poem in the entry) and must be either a .doc, .docx, .rft, .wps, .pdf or .txt file.

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


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author.

Judging & results

Prizewinners will be invited to an award ceremony on 21st November 2014.

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