Competition opens on the 13th February
2013! NOW OPEN TO YOUNG POETS 35 YEARS OLD OR UNDER
an award of £1,000 and a publishing deal with Eyewear
Publishing Ltd., for the best first full collection of a young poet writing in
the English language, 35 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER BY MAY 13, 2013. The aim of this prize is to support
younger emerging writers during difficult economic times. This is open to any
one of the requisite age, of any nationality, resident in the United Kingdom and
Ireland. It is free to enter.
This year the Judge is Jon Stone, poet, editor and
publisher, born in 1983. Stone is one of the best young British poets now
writing. He was commended in the 2011 National Poetry Competition and won a
Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2012. A full length collection, School
of Forgery, was published by Salt in the same year and was a Poetry Book Society
Summer Recommendation. His poetry has also been included in numerous
anthologies, including The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt, 2011), and Adventures
in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012).
“The recognition and nurturing of
emerging talent is a vital service to our culture, but publishing new poets is
always a risky venture, even for the mainstream presses. Both the generosity and
wisdom, therefore, of a prize that offers both money and a first book deal
cannot be understated.” - Jon Stone, 2013 Judge
The 2013 competition
opens this Wednesday 13 February 2013 and closes at 5pm on Monday 13 May 2013.
The prize is free to enter, and submissions will be accepted from anyone of the
requisite age, of any nationality; the poet must be resident in the United
Kingdom or Ireland. Manuscripts must be between 50 -100 pages and work must be
previously unpublished in full book form.
The 2013 shortlist will be
announced in July 2013 and the winner will be announced in September 2013. The
winning collection will be published in Spring