Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts

Young People's Poetry Prize

Young People's Poetry Prize

The 2020 Newcastle Poetry Competition Young People’s Poetry Prize is now open for entries. We invite entries from poets aged between 11 and 17.

Each year 12 poets will be selected to appear at a special event at the Newcastle Poetry Festival and receive a £25 book voucher.

Entry to the competition is Free. 

Deadline: March 3, 2020

Young People's Poetry Prize Judge - Vidyan Ravinthiran

Vidyan Ravinthiran was born in Leeds, to Sri Lankan Tamils. His first book of poems, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. His second, The Million-petalled Flower of Being Here (Bloodaxe Books, 2019) won a Northern Writers Award and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and is shortlisted for both the 2019 T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best Collection. He currently teaches at the University of Birmingham, and moves to the US in January 2020 to teach at Harvard. He is the author of Elizabeth Bishop's Prosaic (Bucknell, 2015), winner of both the University English Prize and the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism. On top of his academic work, he writes literary journalism, and is represented as an author of fiction by the Wylie Agency.  

Vidyan Ravinthiran

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