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October Workshop by Gaia Holmes – Wintering

 

Due to the vagaries of the transport system this workshop will start at 14:10 instead of the usual time of 14:00 hours

Wintering

In this workshop we will think about cosying down for the winter and finding warmth and light in those long, chilly days. We will explore the concept of ‘Hygge’ (the Scandinavian art of being cosy) and look at a selection of poems to complement our seasonal theme.

The National Poetry Competition 2022

 

The National Poetry Competition 2022 closes on October 31st

Greetings from The Poetry Society
This years National Poetry Competition is well underway with the October 31st deadline is a mere two months away.

To keep you inspired to write, we have commissioned a series of writing prompts from past winners, commended and longlisted poets from the competition. These are being shared across our We have now compiled the second set of six prompts, including prompts from Christopher James, Lisa Kelly, Marie Baleo, Laura Theis, Fan O’Leary and I. Patterson.

 

This years National Poetry Competition is well underway with the October 31st deadline is a mere two months away.

To keep you inspired to write, we have commissioned a series of writing prompts from past winners, commended and longlisted poets from the competition. These are being shared across our We have now compiled the second set of six prompts, including prompts from Christopher James, Lisa Kelly, Marie Baleo, Laura Theis, Fan O’Leary and I. Patterson.

These are now available to download in a PDF here.
There is also a black and white printable version here.

One of the great things about the National Poetry Competition is there is no set theme for poems, but this can also be daunting. We hope that these prompts will allow you to explore different areas of your work and help you produce something great for the competition, and learn a little about your own writing process along the way.

If you need any help using our entry website or have any queries at all about making an entry, you can contact support@poetrysociety.org.uk and we’ll be happy to assist.

Best of luck in the National Poetry Competition! We look forward to receiving your poems.

Best wishes,

Olive Franklin
Competition Team

 

 

Writing prompt series to keep you inspired!

 

Greetings from The Poetry Society

Hi Val J,

This years National Poetry Competition is well underway with the October 31st deadline is a mere two months away.

To keep you inspired to write, we have commissioned a series of writing prompts from past winners, commended and longlisted poets from the competition. These are being shared across our We have now compiled the second set of six prompts, including prompts from Christopher James, Lisa Kelly, Marie Baleo, Laura Theis, Fan O’Leary and I. Patterson.

These are now available to download in a PDF here.
There is also a black and white printable version here.

One of the great things about the National Poetry Competition is there is no set theme for poems, but this can also be daunting. We hope that these prompts will allow you to explore different areas of your work and help you produce something great for the competition, and learn a little about your own writing process along the way.

If you need any help using our entry website or have any queries at all about making an entry, you can contact support@poetrysociety.org.uk and we’ll be happy to assist.

Best of luck in the National Poetry Competition! We look forward to receiving your poems.

Best wishes,

Olive Franklin
Competition Team

 

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Judges

Jason Allen-Paisant
Greta Stoddart
Michael Symmons Roberts

 

Prizes

First Prize: £5,000
Second Prize: £2,000
Third Prize: £1,000
Commendations: £200

 

Closing date

31 October 2022

Enter online here

 

 

National Poetry Competition 2021 Winners

If you haven’t seen and heard them already why not draw inspiration from the winners of the National Poetry Competition 2021 – could you follow in their footsteps and win this year’s prize?

Read the National Poetry Competition 2021 winners on The Poetry Society website

Watch the video of the National Poetry Competition 2021 winner Eric Yip read his winning poem

 

 

Join The Poetry Society

Join The Poetry Society today, and become part of an international poetry community of over 5,000 Members. Full Members receive a free second poem to the National Poetry Competition, quarterly copies of The Poetry Review and Poetry News, access to the modern digital archive of The Poetry Review, as well as exclusive members’ competitions, discounts to feedback services and giveaways, and introduction to The Poetry Society’s network of Stanza poetry groups.

Membership also includes access to the digital Members Area, an exclusive zone which features recordings of past readings and events. Recent content includes performances from Jakky Bankong-Obi, Samatar Elmi and Carol Watts and Karl Knights (pictured clockwise from top left).

Become a Full Member from £48/year (£42 concession)

Find out more here.

 

 

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National Poetry Competition

Greta Stoddart: On Silence, Self-Knowledge &

Judging the National Poetry Competition

Greetings from The Poetry Society

 

With the deadline of the 31st of October a little over a month away we caught up with Greta Stoddart, National Poetry Competition judge for 2022, about her writing, reading and current ontological entanglements

You can read Greta’s interview here.

We take what we know for granted. But we don’t always realise there’s a context for – or around – what we know… And sometimes we come to know that we don’t know very much at all.

– Greta Stoddart

Greta is one of the three judges for this years competition along with Jason Allen-Paisant, Associate Professor of Aesthetic Theory and Decolonial Thought at the University of Leeds, and Michael Symmons Roberts, winner of the Whitbread Prize for poetry

You can read more about the judges here.

 

Best of luck in the National Poetry Competition! We look forward to receiving your poems.

Best wishes,

Olive Franklin
Competition Team

 

Judges

Jason Allen-Paisant
Greta Stoddart
Michael Symmons Roberts

 

Prizes

First Prize: £5,000
Second Prize: £2,000
Third Prize: £1,000
Commendations: £200

 

Closing date

31 October 2022