With the Bailey’s and the IFFP just behind us, and the Man Booker longlist on everyone’s radar, we are smack in the middle of literary prize season here. So, we decided at Shiny that we would have our own writing competition, and that the inaugural challenge would be a poetic one.
Calling all poets out there! We are looking for original poems of no more than 25 lines on the subject of ‘Reading’, and you can interpret that as widely as you like, feel free to be innovative.
Our deadline for submissions will be 1st December 2015, and we’ll be announcing the winner in our Winter edition in late-January.
The winning poem and the three best runners-up will be published in the Winter edition, and the winner will receive a bookish prize courtesy of Faber & Faber as well as feedback on their work from an industry professional (we’re just in the middle of sorting this out, and will tweet about it shortly).
So, all that’s left is for you to get cracking! The competition is free to enter and open internationally to anyone writing in English, but only one poem per entrant. Poems should be previously unpublished, and not have been placed in any other competition.
We’ll be keeping submissions anonymous, so when you send your poem in, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure to put Poetry Comp in the subject line so that our Simon can forward entries anonymously to the judges.
Good luck! We can’t wait to read your poems!
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