Poetry Prize: £10,000*
Entry fee: £17.50 (reduced price entry available**)
Deadline for Entries: 20th September 2019, 5pm (UK time)
Chair of Poetry Judges: Malika Booker
£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit). Please see below for full terms and conditions of entry and, for further information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
*Terms and conditions apply.
**A limited number of reduced price entries are available to writers who might not otherwise be able to take part in the competition. If you would like to apply for one of these, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and for further details. The deadline for expressions of interest in reduced price entry is 30th June 2019.
The 2019 Manchester Writing Competition is now closed to entries; Judging is underway and short-listed entrants will be contacted by 20th December. The winners will be announced on 7th February.
Malika Booker is an award-winning poet, theatre-maker and multi-disciplinary artists, and an experienced writing competition judge. She is the founder of the Malika's Poetry Kitchen writers’ community initiative. In 2019 she was commissioned to write and perform a poem about Mars for a BBC Science series about the solar system and was awarded a prestigious Society of Authors Cholmondley Award for her contribution to poetry. She joined Manchester Metropolitan University as Lecturer in Creative Writing in January 2019.
W. N. Herbert
W.N. Herbert is mostly published by Bloodaxe Books, and his poetry has received numerous accolades, including a Cholmondeley award, and being shortlisted (twice!) for the TS Eliot Prize. He lives in Newcastle, where he is Professor of Poetry and Creative Writing at Newcastle University. He was born in Dundee, and in 2013 was appointed the city’s first Makar or laureate. He is a Fellow of the Royal Literary Society.
Karen McCarthy Woolf
Born in London to English and Jamaican parents Karen McCarthy Woolf’s An Aviary of Small Birds is described as an ‘extraordinarily moving and technically flawless’ (The Poetry Review) ‘pitch perfect’ début (Guardian). As poet-in-residence at the National Maritime Museum, she wrote her second collection, Seasonal Disturbances, exploring nature, migration, the city and the sacred. A Complete Works Fellow, Karen is an editor, critic and radio dramatist. Her work is translated into Turkish, Spanish, Swedish and Italian. This year sees her co-curating Radio 4’s Poetry Please, lecturing in China and joining UCLA as a Fulbright All Disciplines post-doctoral Scholar as Writer in Residence at the Promise Institute for Human Rights Law.
Read the previous winning and short-listed entries: