Open Poetry Competition 2016
1st prize: £600 2nd prize: £150 3rd prize: £50
Judge: Alison Brackenbury
Entry fee: £5 per poem, £3 per poem thereafter
Closing date: 3 September, 2016
Alison Brackenbury was born in Lincolnshire in 1953 and studied at Oxford. She now lives in Gloucestershire, where until recently she worked, as a director and manual worker, in the family metal finishing business. Her collections include Dreams of Power (1981), Breaking Ground (1984), Christmas Roses (1988), Selected Poems (1991), 1829 (1995), After Beethoven (2000), Bricks and Ballads (2004) and Then (2013), all published by Carcanet. Her poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and 1829 was produced by Julian May for Radio 3. Her work recently won a Cholmondeley Award.
Rules and instructions for entry
1 The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.
2 Poems should be in English, must not have been published either in print or on a website, nor be currently submitted or accepted for future publication. They must not have been awarded a prize in any other competition.
3 Poems must be your own original work and may be on any subject.
4 Poems must be typed and no longer than 40 lines.
5 If sending poems by post, each poem must be on a separate sheet of paper, which must not bear your name or any other means of identification. On a separate sheet of paper, you should give your name and address and the title(s) of the poem(s) submitted. Please include a cheque in payment for your entry/entries (see below) or, if you have paid by PayPal, the receipt number(s) for your payment(s). Please let us know where you heard about the competition.
6 If sending poems by email, each poem should be in a separate Word document, which must not bear your name or any other means of identification. In the text of your email, please include the PayPal receipt number that you received when you paid for your entry/entries, and please give your name and address and the title(s) of the poem(s) submitted. Please let us know where you heard about the competition.
7 Any number of poems may be submitted on payment of the appropriate fee, which is £5 for the first poem and £3 for each additional entry. Cheques (in sterling only) should be made payable to “Falmouth Poetry Group”.
8 We regret that we are unable to return poems, or amend them after entry.
9 The closing date is 3 September 2016. Results will be sent out in mid-October. Eight finalists will be invited by phone or email to read their poems at the festival, where the winners will be announced.
10 Copyright remains with the authors, but Falmouth Poetry Group reserves the right to publish the winning poems on the festival website.
11 Entries by post should be sent to:
The Competition Secretary, Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival, 33 Church Street, Helston, Cornwall TR13 8TD
12 Entries by email should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
13 The judge will read all poems submitted to the competition. There will be no sifting of entries.