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Poets and Players Competition 2016 closes 29th February

POETS AND PLAYERS COMPETITION 2016
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4th poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events.

JUDGE FOR 2016 IS JACKIE KAY

Jackie Kay was born and brought up in Scotland. THE ADOPTION PAPERS (Bloodaxe) won the Forward Prize, a Saltire prize and a Scottish Arts Council Prize. FIERE, her most recent collection of poems was shortlisted for the COSTA award. Her novel TRUMPET won the Guardian Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the IMPAC award. RED DUST ROAD (Picador) won the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and the LONDON BOOK AWARD. It was shortlisted for the JR ACKERLEY prize. She was awarded an MBE in 2006, and made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2002. Her book of stories WISH I WAS HERE won the Decibel British Book Award.

She also writes for children and her book RED CHERRY RED (Bloomsbury) won the CLYPE award. She has written extensively for stage and television. Her most recent plays MANCHESTER LINES (produced by Manchester Library Theatre) and THE NEW MAW BROON MONOLOGUES (produced by Glasgay) were a great success. Her most recent book is a collection of stories, REALITY, REALITY. She is currently working on her new novel, BYSTANDER. She is Chancellor of the University of Salford and Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University.

POETS AND PLAYERS PRIZE

Jackie Kay will read ALL poems. All poems will be judged anonymously.

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100

Commended poets at the judge’s discretion.

Closing Date: Monday 29 February 2016

Winners will be informed by Friday 1 April 2016 and will be invited to read alongside Jackie Kay at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 16 April 2016 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize. If you have not been notified by 1 April 2016, we are afraid you have not been successful.

RULES AND OTHER INFORMATION
◾The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16, except for members of the Poets and Players committee.
◾Poems must be in English, typewritten in single space, font size 12.
◾Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form, but must be the author’s own original work. They should not have appeared anywhere before, online or in print. Please do not submit poems that are currently under consideration elsewhere.
◾Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines (excluding title). Please do not include photographs or illustrations.
◾No changes can be made to poems once submitted and we regret that we are unable to provide feedback or make any refunds.
◾You may submit as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate payment and application form.
◾Please note that all competition entries must reach us by Monday 29 February 2016, (online entries may be submitted up to 12 midnight on this date (GMT); postal entries must be received in our mailbox no later than Monday 29 February 2016). Entries arriving after this date will not be considered.

HOW TO ENTER

ENTER BY POST

ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (see the link below):

Competition Application Form 2016
◾Please post the completed Competition Application form and poems to: Poets and Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY.
◾If you wish to receive confirmation of your entry please enclose a prepaid envelope.
◾Poems must be printed on separate, numbered sheets, word processed (or typed) and clearly legible (single spaced and font size 12).
◾Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the same page as the poem/s. All poems will be judged anonymously.
◾You may enter as many poems as you wish but please ensure you add all poem titles to the application form.
◾Entry fee is £4 per poem or 3 for £10. Please do not send cash. Postal entries must be paid by cheque or postal order (only email entries may use Paypal). Please make payable to ‘Poets and Players’ and send together with your poem/s and Competition Application form to the address above.

ENTER BY EMAIL

ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (see the link below):

Competition Application Form 2016
◾Please email the completed Competition Application form and poems to
p-pcomp@mail.com All email entries will be acknowledged.
◾Please ensure that all poems are sent as an attachment and not in the body of the email. Please use your name as the title of the document (poems and application form can be in the same document but must be on separate pages). If you are submitting more than one poem you may include them all in the same attachment but please ensure pages are numbered and start each poem on a new page. Single spaced and font size 12. Please save documents as doc, docx or PDF.
◾You may enter as many poems as you wish but please ensure you add all poem titles to the application form.
◾Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the same page as the poem/s. All poems will be judged anonymously.
◾Entry fee is £4 per poem or 3 for £10. Email entries must be paid by Paypal, IMPORTANT please include the Paypal reference number on the application form.

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