june, 2019

30jun1:00 am1:00 amWells Festival of Literature's Young Poets' CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: £3
Max word count: 35 lines
Top Prize: £150

Event Details

Competitions are an integral part of the Wells Festival of Literature, with entries increasing every year, and submissions arriving from all over the world. Our poetry competition has been running since the Festival began, and our short story competition since 1994. The entries they attract are mostly of an extremely high calibre.

This year’s International Competitions run 1 April – midnight 30 June 2019. The judges will present the prizes at a ceremony during the Festival in Ritchie Hall, Wells on Sunday 20 October 2019. Immediately preceding this, the shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entries. This special occasion is one of the highlights of the Festival when, for the first time, the winning writers are revealed and rewarded.

Our judge in this exciting and inspirational competition is Miriam Nash – a poet, performer and educator. Her first collection of poems All the Prayers in the House was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017. It won an Eric Gregory Award (2015) and was runner-up for the Edwin Morgan Award (2016). Miriam leads creative writing and performance workshops in schools, museums, mental health organisations and prisons.

This year’s prize money is 1st £150, 2nd £75, 3rd £50 for the Young Poets competition. The first prize winner will also receive a year’s subscription to the Poetry Society.

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