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Two Competitions: the National and the Boston Review


Thought I’d draw a couple of competitions to your attention. First, on these shores, the National Poetry Competition is open for entries (actually, it has been since last month; I’ve been slow off the mark on this one). Now in its 34th year, the competition is one of the world’s biggest. This year’s judges are Colette Bryce, John Glenday and Jackie Kay — two Scots, I notice. Winners include established and emerging poets, among them Carol Ann Duffy, Ian Duhig, Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott and Tony Harrison. Winners have their work published in the Poetry Society’s journal, Poetry Review. The prizes are: £5,000 for the overall winner; £2,000 for the second; £1,000 for the third; and seven commendations of £100. The deadline is 31st October. Enter online or download an entry form here.

The second is the Boston Review’s 14th Annual Poetry Contest. The judge is Tomaž Šalamun and the closing date is much sooner than the NPC: 1 June but you can enter online. This comeptition came to my attention only yesterday, so I hope you’ll excuse the short notice! First prize is $1,500 and publication in the magazine. In fact, it looks like that might be the only prize. Details are here.

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