Prole Laureate… nearing the closing date…

I’d like to post about the Prole Laureate because I think Brett and Phil do amazing stuff with their press. I also love the fact that Brett called me Alison for ages (please don’t thump me…), so I think we hit upon Barnaby for him. Great press and enthusiasm…

Prole Laureate 2015

Prole cover 15.jpg-for-web-normalThey are accepting entries for their annual poetry writing competition.


The winner will receive £200 and publication in Prole 16, due out in April 2015.

There are two runners up prizes of £50 each and possible publication in Prole 16.

The winner and runners up will be showcased here on our website.

Prizes are paid by PayPal.



Helen Ivory is their judge this year. Helen  is a poet and artist.  Her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection is Waiting for Bluebeard (May 2013) She has co-edited with George Szirtes In Their Own Words: Contemporary Poets on their Poetry Salt 2012.  She teaches for the Arvon Foundation, The Poetry School and mentors for the Poetry Society. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears   http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/ and is tutor and Course Director for the new UEA/Writers Centre Norwich creative writing programmes, which launches in 2015.

Time Scale:

They will receive entries from September 20th 2014 until January 31st 2015.

Winners will be announced in Prole 16, published in April 2015, and simultaneously here on our website.


They are completely open on form, style, length and genre. As always at Prole, they look for work that epitomises their philosophy: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

All work must be the original work of the submitting author and be previously unpublished. (If your poem has been up on a personal blog or similar, it’s fine to submit, so long as it is removed first.)


£3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for subsequent entries.

Go for it, and good luck!!

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