Gwyneth Lewis to judge Bridport poetry competition

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Gwyneth Lewis is the judge for this year’s Bridport poetry prize, one of the biggest around. The top three prizes are £5,000, £1,000 and £500, plus 10 supplemmentary prizes of £50 each, and the closing date is 31 May. The top four poems are submitted to the Forward Prize for best single poem. The fee is £7 per poem, and all entries are judged anonymously. Gwyneth Lewis was the National Poet of Wales 2005-06. She is an award-winning author of eight books of poetry, her latest is Sparrow Tree (Bloodaxe 2011). Words she composed are on the front of the Wales Millennium Centre in six-foot high letters, rumoured to be the largest poem in the world. She said: “I will be looking for that electricity which plays along the surface of language under unusual pressure - whether that be exerted by originality, intelligence, awareness or all the above.” More details



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