As you all know we have been unable to stage any events at the Whitworth since February and this situation is likely to continue into the new year, so we thought if we can’t see you all in person we could instead invite you to write some new work, and with this in mind we are opening up a themed prize that will be judged by the Poets & Players team (all entries will be judged anonymously). This prize isn’t to replace our annual competition, for which we have already lined up an excellent judge (to open towards the end of the year). But in the meantime why not give this one a go, there’s a modest entry fee of just £2 per poem (3 for £5) and we would really love to read your interpretations of our theme.
CLOSING DATE: 16 NOVEMBER 2020
The subject is REEMERGENCE (reemerge/reemerging) and you may interpret this in any way you wish. The winning poet will receive a payment of £300 plus the opportunity to read their poem at a Poets & Players event (date to be confirmed). Please find below an Entry Form together with the rules. The winner will be informed by Wednesday 16 December 2020 and will be invited to read at an event in 2021 (date to be confirmed). If you have not been notified by 16 December 2020, we are afraid you have not been successful.
RULES AND OTHER INFORMATION
- The Prize is open to anyone over the age of 16, except for members of the Poets & Players committee.
- Poems must be in English, typewritten in single space, font size 12. Please begin each poem on a new page but multiple entries should be contained in a single document.
- Poems are to be written on the theme ‘reemergence’ (reemerge/reemerging), but can be in any style or form. All submissions must be the author’s own original work. They should not have appeared anywhere before, online or in print. Please do not submit poems that are currently under consideration elsewhere.
- Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines (excluding title). Please do not include photographs or illustrations.
- No changes can be made to poems once submitted and we regret that we are unable to provide feedback or make any refunds.
- You may submit as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate payment and Entry Form/s.
- Please note that all entries must reach us by Monday 16 November 2020, 12 midnight (GMT). Entries arriving after this date will not be considered.
ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form (see the link below):
ENTER BY EMAIL ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form (see the link below):
Please email the completed Prize Entry Form and poems to firstname.lastname@example.org. All email entries will be acknowledged.
- Please ensure that all poems are sent as a single attachment and not in the body of the email. Please use your name as the title of the document (poems and Entry Form can be in the same document but must be on separate pages). If you are submitting more than one poem you should include them all in the same attachment but please ensure pages are numbered and start each poem on a new page. Single spaced and font size 12. Please save documents as doc or docx.
- You may enter as many poems as you wish but please ensure you add all poem titles to the Entry Form/s.
- Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the same page as the poem/s. All poems will be judged anonymously.
- Closing date is 16 November 2020 (entries may be submitted up to 12 midnight (GMT) on this date).
- Entry fee is £2 per poem or 3 poems for £5. Payment to be made by PayPal. IMPORTANT please include the PayPal reference number on the Entry Form.
CHECKLIST: Completed Entry Form including PayPal reference; poems on separate sheets (with no identifying information).
COPYRIGHT The winner retains copyright of their poem, however, we would hope to receive permission to make a video recording of the winner reading at the awards ceremony for our website, and to publish the winning poem on our website and/or in the Whitworth Art Gallery.