BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION started five years ago and became a national competition in 2012.It has had a privileged trajectory, with the collaboration of judges Martin Malone and Lesley Saunders in the first two years, Michael Symmons Roberts in 2012 and main Alice Oswald in 2013.This year’s main judge is David Morley, whose work has received fourteen literary awards, including a major Eric Gregory Award (in 1989), a Tyrone Guthrie Award from Northern Arts, a Hawthorden International Writers Fellowship, an Arts Council Writers Award, the Raymond Williams Prize, a Creative Ambitions Award, and an Arts Council Fellowship in Writing at Warwick University. He has also received two awards for his teaching, including a National Teaching Fellowship. Morley is himself the Director of the Warwick Prize for Writing and a judge of the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize. He is Director of the Warwick Writing Programme and Professor of Writing at the University of Warwick, as well as a tutor for The Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School and Maddy Prior’s Stones Barn Courses.Read more about David Morley here.
Battered Moons is an open national poetry competition supported by Swindon Artswords, Arts Council England and BlueGate Poets, part of the Swindon Festival of Poetry, to which Battered Moons is linked.The Battered Moons Team are Hilda Sheehan as organiser of the Swindon Festival of Poetry and, with Clare Knock, for administration and technical support, and Cristina Newton as organiser, judge and editor of the Battered Moons pamphlet.
Entries will be accepted from 1st March.
To enter online, follow the following steps:
1) Select the number of entries and pay using the ‘Add to Cart’ PayPal button below. The cost is £5 for a single entry, or £3.50 each poem for multiple entries. There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.
2) Once you have paid, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
In the body of the message: ~ your PayPal transaction reference number ~ your personal details: name, postal address, telephone number ~ the titles of the poem(s)
As attachments, the poem or poems you are submitting, each as a separate document.
Please make sure no identification marks other than the title are to be found on the poems themselves, as that would cause them to be disqualified.
For further information click here.