Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2018 |Closing Date: 15-Feb-18


The competition, which has a first prize of £1000, gives you the chance to have your poems read by thousands, on the move, in the beautiful island of Guernsey. The winning poets will have the opportunity to see their work on the move, on Guernsey’s buses, and at the airport.

The Winners’ Reading will be hosted by Daljit Nagra at a special presentation event on 10 May next year, as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival.


Daljit Nagra is from a Sikh background and was born and grew up in West London and Sheffield. He has published four books of poetry, all with Faber & Faber.

His poem Look We Have Coming to Dover! won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem in 2004, and his first collection, of the same name, won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 2007 and the South Bank Show Decibel Award in 2008. His subsequent two collections, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man Eating Tiger-Toy Machine!!! and his version of the Ramayana were nominated for the TS Eliot Prize. His latest collection is British Museum which was published this year.

As in past years, the competition, which is sponsored this year by Guernsey Post, will be split into three categories, Open (18 and over – first prize £1000), Channel Islands residents (18 and over) and Young People (aged 12-17).


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