2017 Competition Opens 1st June 2017

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

General Rules

  1. These awards are for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English or any dialect of English. Poems do not need to address a specific theme, but should in some way – thematically, structurally, linguistically or formally – investigate the relationship between human culture and the natural world.
  2. Translations are not eligible.
  3. Poems that have won or which are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
  4. A poem’s spoken quality – its suitability for being read and recorded aloud – will form part of the judging criteria.

Submissions

  1. Submission will be via this link.  You will need to set up a (free) Submittable account to submit.
  2. Postal entries will not be accepted. This is to minimise the amount of paper involved in the Prize.
  3. You may submit any number of poems.
  4. All poems must by typed, single spaced A4 pages, formatted as PDFs or .doc or .docx Word documents.
  5. Poems should not exceed 54 lines in length.
  6. Submissions are read anonymously. You will be asked to include your name and details via the Submittable link, but these will not be sent to the Judges. Your poem sheets should include the individual poem titles, but not your own name or other personal identification details.
  7. No alterations can be made to poems after submission.
  8. The cost of submission is £7 for the first poem, and £4 per subsequent poem.
  9. Payment is made via Submittable.
  10. The submission fee is non-refundable.
  11. Submissions without the required payment in full will be disqualified.
  12. At their absolute discretion, the Resurgence Poetry Prize organisers reserve the right to return poems and their corresponding entry fees without the poems being considered.
  13. The closing date is 23:59 on August 17th 2017. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to submit as technical support will not be available after 17:30.

Judging

  1. All submissions will be read by Poetry School selectors who will pick finalist submissions to pass on to the Judges.
  2. The Judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

Prizes

  1. Three awards (First, Second and Third place) will be made. Each individual poet is able to win only one award.
  2. Special commendations will also be awarded.
  3. Prize winning poets will be notified by October 13th.
  4. All 3 winners will be invited to Poetry in Aldeburgh to attend the prize ceremony with Lavinia Greenlaw and Dr. Mina Gorji from November 3rd – 5th, 2017.
  5. Copyright remains with the author, but the Resurgence Poetry Prize reserves the right to publish free of charge the winning and commended poems in any format whatsoever for up to one year from the closing of entries and to retain ownership and commercial rights of the recording of the poem by the author as set out above in perpetuity

General

  1. If in the unlikely event that in the Judges’ opinion no submissions merit selection, then the organisers reserve the right not to select.
  2. The organisers reserve the right to alter these rules at any time.
  3. Entry indicates an acceptance of these rules. Submissions failing to meet all of these rules will be disqualified.

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