Bristol Poetry Prize 2018


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1st Prize: £600 plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Poetry Festival 2018

2nd Prize: £300

3rd Prize: £100

Open theme 

Line restriction: 100 lines.

Judge: Helen Ivory (All poems will be seen by Helen Ivory)

Entry fee: £6.00 per poem

(Members of Poetry Can may submit second and third poems free.
To find out about how to become a Poetry Can Member visit the Poetry Can Membership page )

Deadline for entries: Midnight (GMT) Saturday 31st March 2018

About the Judge

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist.  She has won a Gregory Award and her fourth Bloodaxe Books collection, the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards (2014). She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA/Writers Centre Norwich online creative writing programme.  She received an Arts Council of England Award to work on her fifth collection for Bloodaxe The Anatomical Venus, which centres on women and otherness.

Fool’s World a collaborative Tarot with the artist Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work.  Hear What the Moon Told Me, a book of collage/ mixed media/ acrylic painted poems was published this year by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. She lives in Norwich with her husband, the poet Martin Figura, where they run Café Writers – a live literature organization.

How to enter

You can enter the Bristol Poetry Prize 2018 by post or online.

To enter by post

Download the postal guidelines here: BBP18postalrules.doc or here: BBP18postalrules.pdf

Download an entry form here: BBPentryform.doc or here: BBPentryform.pdf

Read the guidelines and fill in your form.

Send your entries and payment to:
Bristol Poetry Prize 2018
Poetry Can
12 Great George St


To enter online

Download the online guidelines here: BBP18onlinerules.doc or here: BBP18onlinerules.pdf

Read the guidelines and fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

All profits generated by the Bristol Poetry Prize will directly fund Bristol Poetry Festival 2018.

The Bristol Poetry Prize is organised by Poetry Can. Founded in Bristol in 1995, Poetry Can is the poetry development agency for the South West and one of the key poetry organisations in the U.K. The Bristol Poetry Festival supports the work of local, national and international poets and performers as well as providing a showcase for poetry/education projects developed by poets working with groups in the community in Bristol. 
By entering the Bristol Poetry Prize you will be directly supporting Bristol Poetry Festival.

To enter Bristol Poetry Prize 2018 online use the form below.


For further information

Colin Brown (Director) at

Tel: 0117 9330900

Post: Poetry Can, 12 Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RH

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