Poetry Prize: £10,000*
Entry fee: £17.50 (reduced price entry available**)
Deadline for Entries: 20th September 2019
Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan
£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 email@example.com to register your interest and for further details. The deadline for expressions of interest in reduced price entry is 30th June 2019.
If you wish to enter via a postal submission, download the Poetry Prize Entry Form.
Adam O'Riordan is Academic Director of the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and has chaired the Manchester Poetry Prize panel since 2012. In 2008, he became the Wordsworth Trust Centre for British Romanticism’s youngest ever poet-in-residence and his first collection, In the Flesh, won a 2011 Somerset Maugham Award. His debut collection of short stories The Burning Ground was published by Bloomsbury in the UK and W.W. Norton & Company in the USA, and his second collection of poems A Herring Famine published by Chatto, in 2017.
Read the previous winning and short-listed entries: