Poetry Prize: £10,000*
Entry fee: £17.50
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).
The 2017 Manchester Writing Competition is now closed to entries, Sakinah Hofler has been awarded the £10,000 Manchester Fiction Prize. Romalyn Ante and Laura Webb shared the £10,000 Manchester Poetry Prize.
The next competiton will open for entries in February 2018.
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.
Mona Arshi was born in West London where she still lives. She worked as a Human rights lawyer for a decade before she received a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and won the inaugural Magma Poetry competition in 2011. Mona was joint winner of the Manchester Poetry prize in 2014. Her debut collection Small Hands was published by Pavilion Poetry, part of Liverpool University Press, in Spring 2015. Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first poetry collection in 2015. Her second collection is due to be published in 2019. (Photo credit Amanda Pepper Photography.)
Pascale Petit was born in Paris and lives in Cornwall. Her seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017) is a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her sixth, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the 2013 Manchester Poetry Prize. Pascale was one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets in 2004 and has had three collections selected as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. Her books have been translated into Spanish (in Mexico), Chinese, French and Serbian. In 2015 she received a Cholmondeley Award. (Photo credit Kaido Vainomaa.)