Poetry Can is pleased to announce
The Bristol Poetry Prize 2018
An open competition for poems of up to 100 lines length on any subject.

Deadline: Sat 31st March 2018

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

2nd Prize: £300                      

3rd Prize: £100

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)

Sat 31st March 2018 (postal entries must be postmarked no later than 30th March)


To enter the competition

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

Download the rules and an entry form or enter online from the competition page:


Overseas (non-UK entries) can be made via the online form ONLY.


All profits generated by the Bristol Poetry Prize will directly fund Bristol Poetry Festival 2016.

To find out about and become a Poetry Can Member visit the Poetry Can Membership page:


The Bristol Poetry Prize 2016 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. 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. By entering the Bristol Poetry Prize you will be directly supporting Bristol Poetry Festival.

About the judge

Helen Ivory


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.

Helen's website can be found at www.helenivory.co.uk


For further information

Colin Brown (Director) at admin@poetrycan.co.uk

Tel: 0117 9330900

Post: Poetry Can, 12 Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RH
Web: www.poetrycan.co.uk

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