Monday 2 June 2014

The 2014 Stanza Poetry Competition - Deadline Monday, 15 September 2014

The 2014 Stanza Poetry Competition is open for entries
Theme: Neglect
Judge: Les Robinson

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Open exclusively to Poetry Society members (if you're not a member join here) who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2014 competition is NEGLECT. Send up to two poems, email or post, max 40 lines. Free entry. Closing date is Monday, 15 September 2014 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, 2 October 2014. Judge: Les Robinson. Poems to be sent in anonymously, with contact details on a separate sheet, plus the name of your Stanza and your Stanza rep.

Les Robinson is currently editing a series of twenty pamphlets with Eyewear Publishing and on the Board of the Poetry Book Society. He was the founder of tall-lighthouse which published pamphlets, full collections & anthologies, ran regular poetry readings in London, Brighton & Exeter as well as workshops for poets & schools. tall-lighthouse achieved notable successes; Pierre Ringwald, Rhian Edwards, Helen Mort, Alan Buckley & Jay Bernard’s pamphlets were PBS Pamphlet Choice & Kate Potts & Nii Parkes were shortlisted for the Michael Marks Award in the only year that tall-lighthouse entered. Of the above Jay Bernard & Kate Potts featured as one of the Pilot Series edited by Roddy Lumsden and the majority of the 18 ‘pilots’ have now progressed to full collections. Helen Oswald's full collection was shortlisted for the Forward best first collection which Emily Berry won in 2013 with her Faber debut. Les has had two collections of poetry published and his Selected Poems is planned for 2015.

The annual Stanza Competition began in 2007 and is open exclusively to Stanza members who are also Poetry Society members. Free entry. Prizes: The winning poet is given the choice of a free Poetry Prescription or a year’s Poetry Society membership - or the equivalent. There are two joint runners-up and ten commended poets. The theme for the competition is the antithesis or balance to that year's National Poetry Day theme.

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