Melita Hume Prize 2014


“The MH Prize offers a huge opportunity to writers. Eyewear works closely and sensitively with its authors,
takes great care at every stage of the production of its beautiful books – and throws very good parties.”
Caleb Klaces – Melita Hume Poetry Prize winner 2012
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO ENTER THE MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE 2014! OPEN TO POETS  OF 35 YEARS OF AGE OR YOUNGER … …an award of £1,400 and a publishing deal with Eyewear Publishing Ltd., for the best first full collection of a young poet writing in the English language. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging writers during difficult economic times. This is open to anyone of the requisite age, of any nationality, resident in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is free to enter.
Find out more here!
This year our judge is the truly wonderful poet Emily Berry. Todd Swift Director of Eyewear writes, “I am particularly thrilled to have for our third year Emily Berry as judge.  Emily Berry is one of the best-loved, wittiest, edgiest, and most admired younger British poets, and her debut with Faber, Dear Boy, won the Forward prize for best first collection in 2013.  Who better to spot a rising star among younger British poets than one herself?”

So what are you waiting for? Get submitting! We very much look forward to hearing from you and reading your wonderful works. Supporting emerging talent is at the heart of what we do and we are delighted to be running this prize for a third year.
The winner of last year’s Melita Hume Poetry Prize was Marion McCready with her remarkable collection Tree Language, which launches this Spring (so keep your eyes peeled)!
“I chose Marion McCready’s Tree Language as the overall winner for two major reasons: firstly, the poetry is incredibly dark and rich and bloody (blood is a particular theme), with frequently brilliant lines and almost Celan-esque word pairings: ‘blood-cut son’, ‘snow-eyes dressing’, ‘death fruits’. Or how about a poem that opens, running on from its title:
Like a dead shrew the baby lies comically still.
Secondly, as a collection, it’s superbly structured. Repetition within and between the poems is used to haunting effect; often, a motif or image returns in the manner of a memory resurfacing, or a recurring dream. The loosely held themes allow her to cover a range of territory, including war poems, over four distinct chapters, without seeming to stray from the direct path established in the opening pieces. This is assured, disconcertingly potent work with a sharp and distinctive flavour.”
– Jon Stone, Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2013 Judge

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