The Big One: The Bridport Prize

Time to enter one of the most prestigious writing awards in the UK is running out! 30th June will be the last day to enter The Bridport Prize this year, so get sending!

Poetry should be no more than 42 lines, short fiction no longer than 5,000 words, and flash fiction no more than 250 words.

Entry fees range between £5 and £7 per submission.

Judges include Carol Ann Duffy and A.L. Kennedy.

The top prize is £5,000! Definately one to put on your resume…

Manchester Fiction Prize

I came across a leaflet at a creative writing group I went to a couple of weeks ago for the Manchester Fiction Prize.

I’ve got to admit, this looks great. The competition is open to everyone over the age of 16 and asks for up to 3,000 words. Lots of flexibility with this one.

The competition is held every year in association with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the current poet-laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

I’m not a massive writer of short-fiction, but hey, £10,000 prize money is something worth entering for!  The only major issue is that it’s £15 to enter, so read the guide-lines carefully.

A bit o’ the North: The Elmet Trust Poetry Prize

I recently went up to Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire for a bit of poet-stalking (Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd being nearby) and came across The Elmet Trust.

The Elmet Trust is a celebration of Ted Hughes’ work and tries to promote awareness of poetry and creative writing in Yorkshire.

This year’s competition is judged by Liz Lochhead, with the theme of ‘Connections’. The deadline is 15th July 2011 and there’s an application form on the site.

This looks like a really good opportunity, with first prize being £300! Also it would be great to have a prize under your belt affiliated with Ted Hughes.

(there is also a Ted Hughes Young Poet Award for under 18s)

Life equals poetry

I wanted to find a space where I could experiment with poetry, find new inspiration, and blog about the upcoming literary events. This seemed like the right place to do it!

As a poet living in the dusty urban depths, inspiration only comes if you look hard enough. Here I’d like to explore what’s out there, and hopefully come up with some themes.

Anyone who knows about competitions, prizes or magazine submissions please contact me so that I can put links up =)

Enjoy the blogging!