Poetry Competitions

Ver Poets Open Competition 2018

Click here to download an entry form with details and entry conditions.

The next Ver Poets Open Competition will be judged by Adrian Buckner. Downshifting (2017) is Adrian Buckner’s 3rd collection from Five Leaves Press, following Contains Mild Peril (2008) and Bed Time Reading (2011). He was Poet Laureate of Nottinghamshire from 1999-2001 and has edited Poetry Nottingham and Assent. He teaches Creative Writing at Derby University and previously at Nottingham University. His poems have appeared widely in the literary press including London Magazine, Rialto, Critical Survey, as well as several appearances in Ver Poets anthologies. The late U.A. Fanthorpe wrote of his poetry: “A Buckner poem moves, and moves unexpectedly. He does this not to be pyrotechnic, or modish, but because his subject is mankind, and about mankind it’s not possible to have simple thoughts.”

FIRST PRIZE £600
SECOND PRIZE £300
THIRD PRIZE £100
CLOSING DATE: APRIL 30TH 2018

Winning and selected poems will be published in the competition anthology. Poets published in the anthology will be invited to read at our poetry afternoon on Saturday, June 30th 2018 at The Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans.

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