Do you write poetry in English?
The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition is open internationally to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.
Entries will be judged by Ahren Warner. Ahren Warner’s first collection, Confer (Bloodaxe Books, 2011), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for both the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize 2013. He was awarded an Eric Gregory Award in 2010 and an Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2012. His second collection, Pretty (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), was another Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His third collection, Hello. Your promise has been extracted, is due from Bloodaxe in October 2017. He is Poetry Editor of Poetry London and currently lives in London and Paris.
Entries can be made via the Newcastle University WebStore (please, click Further Official information below the announcement to learn more) or by posting hard copies to:
Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Payment should be made online or by enclosing a cheque made payable to "University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne" with your entries. See the rules below for further details.
Entries must be written in English. Poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of each poem, or at the beginning of the document.
Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. For postal entries, please include your name and contact details (ideally including an email address) on a separate covering letter. Online entries should be a separate file for each poem entered, to be submitted online once the entry fee is paid. The file type of online entries must be either a .doc, .docx, .rft, .pdf or .txt file.
Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but NCLA may seek persmission to publish winning and shortlisted entries online.
Judging & results
Prizewinners will be invited to an award ceremony at Newcastle Poetry Festival on 12th May 2017. Shortlisted poets will be posted on the NCLA website by 28th April 2017. The judge's decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.