The National Poetry Competition 2014 opens for entries
Events upcoming with the NPC winners include those in London, Ledbury and Newcastle upon Tyne.
The National Poetry Competition 2013 winner is announced as Linda France, for her poem 'Bernard and Cerinthe'
Stuart Pickford, who was commended in the National Poetry Competition in 2012, wins the 2013/14 Yorkshire Poetry Prize in the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition.
Sinéad Morrissey, National Poetry Competition winner in 2007, wins the TS Eliot Prize for her collection 'Parallax'
Zaffar Kunial who was placed 3rd in the 2012 National Poetry Competition to be Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust.
Congratulations to Kaddy Benyon and Marj Faith, who have won the NPC Flyer On Tour Competition. Click here to see the pictures.
Pascale Petit, commended in the National Poetry Competition in 2012, wins the Manchester Poetry Prize
NPC 2007 winner Sinéad Morrissey has reached the shortlist for the 2013 Forward Prize for Poetry
National Poetry Competition 2007 winner Sinéad Morrissey is appointed Belfast's first poet laureate
NPC 3rd prize-winner in 2012, Zaffar Kunial, wins a Northern Writers' Award from New Writing North
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The competition is for previously unpublished poems, has a first prize of £5,000 and the closing date is 31 October 2014.
First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven Commendations: £100
The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are also offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems are published on the Poetry Society website.
The judges of the 2014 National Poetry Competition are: Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoë Skoulding. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process. Find out more about the judges.
Glyn Maxwell image credit: Kelly Hill
£6 for your first poem
£3.50 for each subsequent entry in the same submission.
FREE second entry for Poetry Society members (including those joining now).
Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone. Win, and add your name to a roll-call that includes the current UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross and Jo Shapcott. Read poems by previous winners of the National Poetry Competition.
Seven Commendations: (£100 each)
'Push-bike' by Elaine Gaston
'Hare' by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
'Gift of the Sloth' by Debbie Lim
'Birdfall' by Danica Ognjenovic
'crepuscule with nellie (take six)' by Ken Taylor
'CCTV Central Control' by Tom Warner
'I Stop Wearing the Mini-skirt, 1972' by Patricia Wooldridge
In a collaboration between the Poetry Society and artist Alastair Cook, the ten winning poems of the National Poetry Competition have been reimagined as filmpoems. All ten winning poems are available to view on our website.
All ten films will be screened at the Filmpoem Festival in Antwerp on 14 June, in partnership with Felix Poetry Festival; please see www.filmpoem.com for details. The films will also be shown at the Poetry International Festival at the Southbank Centre in London in July.
Events with winners from the 2013 National Poetry Competition:
5 June: NPC at the NCLA
with readings from Linda France, Carolyn Jess-Cook and Danica Ognjenovic
NCLA, Newcastle upon Tyne.
9 June: Poetica Botanica at Keats House Festival
Presented by the National Poetry Competition winner Linda France
Keats House, London.
14 June: NPC Filmpoems at the Felix Poetry Festival
Filmpoem presents poetry-film of the ten winning entries, including the premier of the seven commended poems
Felix Poetry Festival, Antwerp.
11 July: NPC at Ledbury Poetry Festival
National Poetry Competition winners will read their work, featuring Linda France, Elaine Gaston and Josephine Abbott.
Burgage Hall, Ledbury Poetry Festival.
20 July: NPC at the Poetry International Festival
Winners of this year's National Poetry Competition, Linda France and Tom Warner, give a celebratory reading in the company of past winners Jo Shapcott and Liz Berry.
Southbank Centre, London.
Filmpoems of all ten winning poems will also be shown at the Southbank Centre throughout the festival.
October (TBC): NPC at Cheltenham Literature Festival
November (TBC): Paula Bohince at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival