THE Philip Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition for 2015 is open. This news will interest all those who have contributed to the Hedon Blog’s Wednesday Writings or those who feel inspired to write poetry!
Wordquake, East Riding Libraries and The Philip Larkin Society have announced the launch of the competition for 2015. Acclaimed poet Jean Sprackland will be judging this year’s competition – with a first prize of £1000.
‘Writing a poem can be about so many different things: the pleasure of experimenting with words, saying something important, putting powerful thoughts and feelings onto paper. Your poem can be on any subject, and written in any form – the important thing is that you enjoy writing it. Be more than just a consumer – be a creator too!’ – Jean Sprackland
The competition is now open for entries (£4 per poem entry fee) with a closing date of Friday 10th April 2015. Winners and commended poets will be invited to read their poems in the company of some of the UK’s finest poets at Bridlington Poetry Festival (19-21 June 2015).
Jean Sprackland was the winner of the Costa Poetry Award in 2008, and the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award. She is Reader in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and a trustee of the Poetry Archive, the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.
As well as the first prize of £1,000, the 2015 competition offers a second and third prize of £500 and £200 respectively, and five commendations of £20. The East Riding Prize, for entrants from the East Riding, offers a prize fund of £100.
Entries are also welcomed for the East Riding Young Poet’s Prize, the third year of the category for anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 who lives in the East Riding. Entry to the East Riding Young Poet’s Prize is FREE with a prize of £100.