Daljit Nagra to judge £5,000 Bridport prize

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Daljit Nagra will be the judge of this year’s Bridport £5,000 poetry competition. The deadline is 31 May. In his guidance to poets he says: “When judging a poetry competition, I approach the poems with a state of almost unknowing … I’m happy to be persuaded by the text in front of me, the text that claims it’s a poem. The poem can be conventional or outlandish and show very few features of a regular poem. The only test of pleasure for me is to feel surprised, moved (logically or emotionally) and feel as though I’ve been on a journey. I’m happy to read poems about any subject matter and whatever tone suits so long as the poem commits to its own constraints and teaches me how to read itself. Above all, I want to feel the poet has enjoyed writing the poem, I want to feel their authority over the words and layout.” More details

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