Wednesday, 19 July 2017

International Poetry Prize

 ONE POEM - Maximum 40 Lines


Winner £250

2nd £50 3rd £25

Entry fee £10 Members £5

Feedback option £5

Worldwide publication

for 25 shortlisted entries

Pamphlet containing other work can be submitted to support your entry.

Submission deadline: 31st August 2017

Publication and award ceremony December 2017

Please read Submission Guidelines and Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry

We pleased to announce the launch of this prestigious annual Poetry Prize. The winner receives a cash prize and worldwide publication of their work in an anthology of poetry together with twenty-four other shortlisted entries.

The poetry prizes, together with those for Short Story and Scriptwriting are presented at a televised award ceremony held in December and attended by celebrities from the world of literature and entertainment. In 2017 we hope to include video links to any winners who are unable to be present. You can see photos from the 2016 event here.

The feedback option proved very popular in our 2016 short story competition with over 40% of entries choosing to receive advice and guidance on their work from industry professionals.

Despite its international appeal, we expect the Poetry Prize, like the Literary Prize, will remain small and exclusive, attracting a high standard rather than a high number of entries. With the top twenty-five entries included in the 2017 anthology, it provides the best opportunity so far for publication of poetry with Hammond House.

The theme for 2017, ETERNAL, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem.

There are no limits to line length or word count, so both Haiku and Epic poems fit the bill. The three judges each write poetry of varying styles, and appreciate poetry, from a wide variety of national and international writers, trawl wide, dig deep, and take care with your words.

A short pamphlet containing up to seven or so of your other poetry may be submitted in support of your poem entry, to provide the judges with a context for your poem in relation to your wider body of work. Please ensure this does not have your name on it. The final Judgement will be made on the poem entry alone, not the wider work.

Advice and guidance from Hammond `House `members will be posted here over the coming few weeks together with details of local writers groups and other organisations who are encouraging and supporting their members to prepare entries for the competitions.

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