All ten NPC Filmpoems will be shown at the Dean Clough gallery spring exhibitions opening, 17 Jan, in Halifax. Find out more.
NPC 2013 commended poet Patricia Wooldridge will read at Tongues&Grooves with Ted Hughes Award 2013 winner Maggie Sawkins, 28 Jan, in Portsmouth. Find out more.
NPC 2012 commended poet Zaffar Kunial leads a workshop at The Poetry School examining Imperial War Museum North’s 'From Street to Trench: a World War that Shaped a Region' exhibition. 13 Dec. Find out more.
Five upcoming events with NPC winners:
The Pity, 2 Oct, Southbank Centre, featuring Zaffar Kunial
Cheltenham Lit Fest event, 8 Oct featuring Linda France, Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Julia Copus
The Poetry Review autumn launch party, 15 Oct, Sheffield, featuring Danica Ognjenovic
Guardian Masterclass with Paula Bohince, 1-2 Nov
Paula Bohince at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, 8 Nov
More Poetry Society events on our calendar!
Liz Berry, NPC 2011 commended poet, wins the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection with Black Country, which contains her NPC-winning poem Birmingham Rollers
Commended NPC poet, and former judge, Jane Yeh is named as one of the Poetry Book Society Next Generation Poets
Jane Draycott, NPC 2nd Prize winner in 2012, has won the Hippocrates Prize 2014.
Colette Bryce, NPC winner in 2003 and THA nominee in 2012, has reached the shortlist for the Forward Prize for Best Collection.
The National Poetry Competition 2014 opens for entries
Events upcoming with the NPC winners include those in London, Ledbury and Newcastle upon Tyne.
The National Poetry Competition 2013 winner is announced as Linda France, for her poem 'Bernard and Cerinthe'
Stuart Pickford, who was commended in the National Poetry Competition in 2012, wins the 2013/14 Yorkshire Poetry Prize in the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition.
Sinéad Morrissey, National Poetry Competition winner in 2007, wins the TS Eliot Prize for her collection 'Parallax'
Zaffar Kunial who was placed 3rd in the 2012 National Poetry Competition to be Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust.
Congratulations to Kaddy Benyon and Marj Faith, who have won the NPC Flyer On Tour Competition. Click here to see the pictures.
Pascale Petit, commended in the National Poetry Competition in 2012, wins the Manchester Poetry Prize
NPC 2007 winner Sinéad Morrissey has reached the shortlist for the 2013 Forward Prize for Poetry
Do you work in a library, university, cultural centre, coffee shop, art gallery, bookshop, or are you running a poetry or literature festival? Would you like some National Poetry Competition 2014 flyers to display? Please get in touch with your UK postal address or click here for a copy of the 2014 poster.
We are glad to work with the organisations below to extend the reach of the National Poetry Competition
If you or your organisation is interested in sponsoring the National Poetry Competition, please click here.
The competition is for previously unpublished poems and has a first prize of £5,000. The winners will be announced early in April at an awards ceremony where we will also reveal the winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.
First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven Commendations: £100
The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are also offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems are published on the Poetry Society website.
The judges of the 2014 National Poetry Competition are: Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoë Skoulding. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process. Find out more about the judges.
Glyn Maxwell image credit: Kelly Hill
Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone. Win, and add your name to a roll-call that includes the current UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross and Jo Shapcott. Read poems by previous winners of the National Poetry Competition.
Seven Commendations: (£100 each)
'Push-bike' by Elaine Gaston
'Hare' by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
'Gift of the Sloth' by Debbie Lim
'Birdfall' by Danica Ognjenovic
'crepuscule with nellie (take six)' by Ken Taylor
'CCTV Central Control' by Tom Warner
'I Stop Wearing the Mini-skirt, 1972' by Patricia Wooldridge
In a collaboration between the Poetry Society and artist Alastair Cook, the ten winning poems of the National Poetry Competition have been reimagined as filmpoems. All ten winning poems are available to view on our website.
All ten films will be screened at the Filmpoem Festival in Antwerp on 14 June, in partnership with Felix Poetry Festival; please see www.filmpoem.com for details. The films will also be shown at the Poetry International Festival at the Southbank Centre in London in July.
Upcoming events with winners from the 2013 National Poetry Competition:
28 January 2015: Tongues&Grooves: Patricia Wooldridge and Maggie Sawkins
NPC winner Patricia Wooldridge reads at this special Poetry Society Tongues&Grooves event, with 2013 Ted Hughes Award winner Maggie Sawkins. Find out more
The Cellars at Eastney, 56 Cromwell Road, Southsea PO4 9PN. Tickets £6 on the door.
5 June: NPC at the NCLA
with readings from Linda France, Carolyn Jess-Cook and Danica Ognjenovic
NCLA, Newcastle upon Tyne.
9 June: Poetica Botanica at Keats House Festival
Presented by the National Poetry Competition winner Linda France
Keats House, London.
14 June: NPC Filmpoems at the Felix Poetry Festival
Filmpoem presents poetry-film of the ten winning entries, including the premier of the seven commended poems
Felix Poetry Festival, Antwerp.
11 July: NPC at Ledbury Poetry Festival
National Poetry Competition winners read their work, featuring Linda France, Elaine Gaston and Josephine Abbott.
Burgage Hall, Ledbury Poetry Festival.
20 July: NPC at the Poetry International Festival
Winners of this year's National Poetry Competition, Linda France and Tom Warner, give a celebratory reading in the company of past winners Jo Shapcott and Liz Berry.
Southbank Centre, London.
Filmpoems of all ten winning poems will also be shown at the Southbank Centre throughout the festival.
8 October: NPC at Cheltenham Literature Festival
Winners of this year's National Poetry Competition, Linda France and Carolyn Jess-Cooke, join judge Julia Copus to read and discuss their work. Linda France details the poetic unfurling of her recent botanic garden Grand Tour experiences, including her winning poem 'Bernard and Cerinthe'. Carolyn Jess-Cooke performs her winning poem 'Hare', and others from her new collection exploring motherhood, Boom!
8 November 2014: International Duets: Paula Bohince and Ron Egatz at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival
NPC winner Paula Bohince reads with Ron Egatz at an event at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.
Two fresh American voices. Sumptuous and sorrowful, Paula Bohince dramatises questions of selfhood with a luminous clarity. Ron Egatz confronts fear, shame and desire in his explorations of the dilemmas of post-feminist masculinity.
For more informaiton about upcoming events with the Poetry Society, all around the country, visit the Events Calendar.