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Chancellors Poetry Prize

Chancellor’s Poetry Prize 2024

The Chancellor’s Poetry Prize returns this year. Newcastle University students are invited to submit poems that explore the ideas of place in the broadest sense.

The competition is open to current students from all disciplines.

Entries will be judged by the Chancellor and Neil Astley, Editor and Managing Director of Bloodaxe Books Ltd.

The winner will receive a prize of £250 and be invited to a celebratory event with the Chancellor in May. In addition, the winner will be invited to participate in the Newcastle Poetry Festival (9-11 May 2024).

Deadline: 11.30pm, Friday 22 March 2024. To submit your poem click the link below and sign in with your Newcastle University email address. For any queries please email

Our Chancellor: Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz is a poet, artist and video filmmaker. She was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014 and became Chancellor of Newcastle University in 2020.

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library and has worked on several projects across art forms in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, as well as the Archives of St Paul’s Cathedral. Her six collections include Over the Moon and the latest, Luck Is the Hook, all published by Bloodaxe Books UK, and her poems have been broadcast widely on BBC Radio 3 and 4 as well as the BBC World Service. She has had eleven solo exhibitions of drawings around the world, and scripts and directs video films, many of them for non-government organisations working in the areas of shelter, education and health for women and children in India.