Poetry prize: 2020 Newcastle Poetry Competition


21 January 2020
Win a £1,000 first prize plus a week-long poetry residency

The international poetry competition is for original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines.

The competition will be judged by Colette Bryce, a poet who had been editor of Poetry London and this year takes up the position of editor of Poetry Ireland Review. The winners will be announced at the Newcastle Poetry Festival, which takes place between 13 and 16 May.

The first prize is £1,000 and a week-long residency in the Contemporary Poetry Archives at Newcastle University during the Poetry Festival.

The second prize is £500, and the third prize is £250. Five highly commended prizes of £25 will also be awarded.

Entry is £6 for the first poem and £4 for any poems thereafter.

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The closing date is 3 March.

For full details see the website.


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