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The Manchester Poetry Prize

“It’s a delight to give money to poets!” National Poet for Wales Gillian Clarke, Judge 2008

“Asking for a batch of poems rather than a single entry allows judges to look beyond competency and control in writing and to reward other virtues, such as risk-taking, inventiveness and sustained achievement.” Simon Armitage, Chair of Judges 2010

“We hope this is a boost to all [the short-listed poets’] careers and not just that of the winner.” Adam O’Riordan, Chair of Judges 2012 and 2013

Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University runs the annual Manchester Poetry Prize – a major international literary competition, celebrating excellence in creative writing.

The Manchester Poetry Prize awards a cash prize of £10,000* to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three-to-five poems (total maximum combined length: 120 lines). The poems can be on any subject, and in any style, but must be new work, not previously published or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition.

The next Manchester Poetry Prize will launch in spring 2014 with an August 2014 deadline.

You may also be interested in our Fiction Prize: click here for details.

* Terms and conditions apply – click here for full details.

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