The 2020 New Poets Prize is now open for entries

Judged by Luke Kennard, Entry: £8, Deadline: Sunday 1st March 2020

The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 34 years.

Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive a year of support from The Poetry Business: a publisher and writer development agency with a strong reputation for discovering, developing and publishing outstanding new poets.

All four New Poets Prize winners will also have their winning collection published under The New Poets List, our imprint dedicated to discovering, mentoring, and publishing young and emerging poets. Please note that the published winning collections will be extended versions of the winning manuscripts (approximately 20-24 pages of poems).

Other prizes include publication in The North magazine and a masterclass with the competition judge followed by a prize winners’ reading in summer 2020. Two of the four winners will receive a place on an Arvon residential of their choice in 2020/21.

The Judge

Luke Kennard is a poet and novelist. The author of five collections of poetry, his debut The Solex Brothers received an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and his second, The Harbour Beyond the Movie was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2007 making him, at that point, the youngest writer ever to have been nominated. His most recent collection, Cain, was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize in 2017. He lectures at the University of Birmingham.

See the list of past winners.

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