Is Your Poetry Worth £5k?

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2008 Cardiff International Poetry Competition Closing Date:

Friday 1 February 2008

The closing date for the 2008 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is looming ever closer. But don’t panic there are still a couple of weeks left in which to enter the competition and be in with the chance of walking away with a massive £5000 for just one poem. With further prizes of £500 for second place, £250 for third, and £50 each for five runners-up there’s even more chance of winning something.

Judging the competition are esteemed poets Jo Shapcott, who was recently appointed president of the Poetry Society, and U A Fanthorpe who, in 2003, received the Queens Gold Medal for Poetry. Aberystwyth-based poet and lecturer Tiffany Atkinson will be continuing in her role as filter judge.

In a recent interview, competition judge Jo Shapcott offered this guidance for entrants: "The main piece of advice I can give is not to try to please the judge, but to write the best poem you can, one that satisfies you. There is no subject or image that poetry cannot touch, which is at least half the joy and excitement of it. Read lots of poetry, including contemporary poetry, so that you develop an ear and eye for it. Then read some more. Anyone who is interested should enter."

So if you think you have what it takes to impress our judges and get your hands on the top prize of £5000 then send us your poems now. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines long, is unpublished, is in English and is not a translation of another author’s work and send it, along with your entry form and payment, to Academi. £5.00 entry fee per poem - Note we only accept sterling and regret that monies in other currencies will be returned.

To receive an entry form contact Academi on: 029 2047 2266 /

Or send a SAE to:
Academi, CIPC08,
Mount Stuart House, Mount Stuart Square,
Cardiff, CF10 5FQ

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