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Welcome to the Resurgence Poetry Prize 2017 with The Poetry School

The World's First Major Award for Ecopoetry

2017 Winners:

First Prize: Seán Hewitt | Second Prize: Cath Drake | Third Prize: Emily Diamand

Visit the Awards Page for Winning and Commended Poems

About the Competition

The Resurgence Prize with The Poetry School is the world’s first major award for ecopoetry. With a first prize of £5,000 for the best single poem embracing ecological themes, the award ranks amongst the most prestigious of any English language single poem competition.

Plus a residency at White House Farm, Great Glemham

All winners will also be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Poetry in Aldeburgh festival, November 3rd – 5th 2017, co-curated by The Poetry School.


2017 Judges

Lavinia Greenlaw has published five collections of poetry.  Her awards include NESTA and Wellcome fellowships given for her work on vision, memory, landscape and light. Her immersive soundwork, Audio Obscura, an exploration of arrested perception, won the 2011 Ted Hughes Award.  In 2016, she wrote and directed a short film, The Sea is an Edge and an Ending, a study of the impact of dementia on our sense of time and place, drawing on Shakespeare’s Tempest. She has taught at Goldsmiths, King’s and UEA, where she was Professor of Poetry. Her other work includes Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland and The Importance of Music to Girls.

Mina Gorji was born in Tehran and grew up in London. She lives in Cambridge where she is a lecturer in the English Faculty, Cambridge and a fellow of Pembroke College. Her published work includes a study of John Clare, and essays on awkwardness, mess, weeds and rudeness. Her poems have appeared, among other places, in Magma, PN Review, London Magazine and The International Literary Quarterly.

Entry to The Resurgence Poetry Prize with The Poetry School is through Submittable only. Please read the full eligibility rules via the link above. The deadline for the 2017 competition is August 17th, 2017.