Poetry Competition

Bristol Poetry Institute launches competition to find the region's best young poets

Bristol's budding young poets (aged 16-19) are invited to enter the first Bristol Poetry Institute Competition to win a cash prize, poetry books for their school library and the chance to read their work alongside three established poets at an event at the University of Bristol.

The competition is part of the Bristol Poetry Institute (BPI)'s inaugural year’s activities. Launched in October 2012 with a reading by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the BPI brings together scholars, students, poets, and poetry-lovers across the University of Bristol and the wider community.

A focus for events and activities ranging from international academic conferences to seminars and study-days, the BPI hosts readings, workshops and performances by national and local poets and offers a space (both physical and ‘virtual’) for discussion and debate about poetry in all its forms.

The Poetry Competition for Young Poets (16-19) will be judged by Professor David Punter, of the Department of English at Bristol University, whose latest collection Foreign Ministry was published in 2011; by Vanessa Kisuule, a third-year undergraduate student in English, and by Bristol-based poet Rachael Boast, whose first collection Sidereal was published in 2011.

First prize will be £100 to the author, and £250 in poetry books to their school's library. Two runners-up prizes of £50 to the authors, and £100 in poetry books to their schools will also be awarded. Bloodaxe Books, one of the leading poetry publishers in the UK, and Oxford University Press, a major publisher of both poetry and poetry criticism, have generously offered to contribute to the book prizes.

The prizegiving ceremony will be held at the University of Bristol in February 2013. This will include a poetry reading where the winner and runners-up will be invited to read their work alongside the poets who judged the competition.

To enter, download the BPI Poetry Competition entry form (Office document, 22kB). The deadline for entries is Friday 14 December 2012.

The Rules

1. Entry is free.
2. A maximum of three poems may be submitted.
3. Poems must be in English, and no more than 30 lines in length. There is no restriction on subject matter.
4. Each poem submitted must be typed or word-processed in single-sided (A4) format. Entries may be submitted by email to poetry-institute@bristol.ac.uk or by post to Professor Daniel Karlin, School of Humanities, University of Bristol, 11 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1TB, in an envelope marked BPI Poetry Competition.
5. Poems should not carry the name or other identifying mark of the author or school. A separate entry form with name of author, poem title(s), school name and contact details must be submitted.
6. Receipt of email entries will be acknowledged. We cannot acknowledge receipt of entries submitted by post unless a stamped addressed envelope is provided.
7. The judges’ decision is final.

Deadline for entries to be submitted: Friday 14 December 2012. The winner and runners-up will be notified via their school contact by 31 January 2013; details will be posted on the BPI's website. Prizegiving and poetry reading: Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 6pm at the University of Bristol (venue to be announced).