Deadline nears for Troubadour prize

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There's still time to enter the competition for the £2,500 Troubadour international poetry prize. Susan Wicks and David Harsent are the judges, with both reading all poems - not always the case with poetry competitions. The deadline is 17 October. 

The prizes are 1st  £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, & 20 prizes of £20 each a spring 2012 Coffee-House-poetry season ticket and a prizewinners’ Coffee-House poetry reading
with Wicks and Harsent on Monday 28 November for all prize-wnning poets. Coffee-House poetry holds regular readings at The Troubadour at 263-267 Old Brompton Road, London SW5.

Susan Wicks has lived and worked in France, Ireland and America and has taught at University College Dublin and University of Kent; she is the author of five collections of poetry.  David Harsent, a visiting professor at Sheffield Hallam University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has published 10 collections of poetry and several limited editions.

Rules: Poems must be in English, each be no longer than 45 lines, and must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online. Winning and commended poems may be published in print or online by Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and may not be published elsewhere for one year after Monday 17 October 2011 without permission; no limit on number of poems submitted; no alterations accepted after submission.  Fees: All entries must be accompanied by fee of £5/€6/$8 per poem; payment by cheque or money order (sterling/euro/US-dollars only) payable to Coffee-House Poetry with poet’s name (and e-mail entry acknowledgement reference, if paying for earlier email submission) written clearly on back. By post: No entry form required; two copies required of each poem submitted; each poem must be typed on one side of A4 white paper showing title and poem only; do not show poet’s name or any other identifying marks on submitted poems; include a separate page showing poet’s name, address, phone number, email (if available), list of poem titles, total number of poems and total fees at £5/€6/$8 per poem; no staples; no special delivery, recorded delivery or registered post. Entries are not returned. By email: No entry form required; poems must be submitted in body of email (no attachments) to; entries should be preceded by poet’s name, address, phone number, list of poem titles, total number of poems and total fees at £5/€6/$8 per poem. Acknowledgement will be sent to entrant’s email address showing entry acknowledgment reference; send payment by post within 14 days quoting poet’s name and entry acknowledgement reference; email entries will be included only when payment received by post; no special delivery, recorded delivery or registered post. See previous winners 

  • Photograph: Joanna Eldredge Morrissey


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