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The Manchester Poetry Prize

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Poetry Prize: £10,000*
Deadline for entries: Friday 25th September 2015
Entry fee: £17.50
Poetry Judges: Adam O’Riordan, Olivia Cole and Kei Miller

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Chair of Judges Adam O’Riordan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School at MMU. In 2008, hebecame the Wordsworth Trust Centre for British Romanticism’s youngest ever poet-in-residence and his first collection, In the Flesh, won a 2011 Somerset MaughamAward. He was the Manchester Literature Festival’s Writer-in-Residence at the Midland Hotel, Manchester, for 2013.

Olivia Cole won an Eric Gregory Award in 2003 and her first book of poetry, Restricted View, was published in 2009. She has written widely on poetry, literature, film and travel for publications including The Times and the London Evening Standard. Olivia edits the quarterly culture and lifestyle supplement, Spectator Life, and writes a monthly book column for British GQ where she is literary editor.

Kei Miller’s first poetry collection, Kingdom of Empty Bellies, was published in March 2006, followed by There is an Anger that Moves in 2007 and by A Light Song of Light in 2010. His latest,The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion, was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2014. He is the editor of Carcanet’s New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology and has taught a

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