Loughborough University’s Bill Overton – an English professor who specialised in poetry – died in September 2012 after suffering from a long-term illness. In honour of his career, the university has set up the Overton Poetry Prize after raising funds through a special memorial fund. So why am I telling you all of this? Well, if you love writing poetry – and I know a lot of our readers/contributors do – then it’s your chance to be published. Amongst the judges is Sarah Jackson, winner of the Seamus Heaney Prize in 2013, who will undertake the final judging. Below you’ll find all the details for entry, plus if you’d like more information about the Overton Poetry Prize, please visit the link, here. Good luck!
- Entry fee is £10 per submission
- Submissions can be a sequence of poems on any subject (up to 300 lines)
- Participants must be over 16-years-old
- Competition is worldwide, but submissions must be in the English language
- Closes on March 31st, 2014
- First prize is the publication of the winning sequence in chapbook form
- Two runners-up prizes of £50 each
*All rights will remain with the author, but Loughborough University will retain the right to feature the winning poems on their website.