THIS year’s winner of the Sheffield Poetry Prize will earn a glittering bonus prize - a silver bookmark, engraved and hallmarked by the Sheffield Assay Office to celebrate its 25th anniversary which it is sharing with the Poetry Business, organiser of the competition.
The Sheffield-based poetry publishers organise a prestigious annual Book and Pamphlet Competition with £2,000 prize-money shared between four winners who also get their poems professionally edited and published and given exposure at poetry readings.
Poets submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems which are judged anonymously, this year by no less than the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, along with the Poetry Business directors and editors Ann and Peter Sansom.
Last year’s winners of the competition, sponsored by the National Association of Writers in Education, were Paul Bentley, Christy Ducker, Maitreyabandhu and David Tait, chosen by Simon Armitage, whose collections were launched during Off the Shelf.
All entrants with a Sheffield postcode are automatically entered into the Sheffield Prize sponsored by the University of Sheffield.
The best single poem from each collection in this category will be considered for the chance to win £100 cash and publication in The North magazine published by the Poetry Business, along with the receive Sheffield Assay Office silver prize.
Deadline for entries is November 29 and for conditions of entry see www.poetrybusiness.co.uk