LizBerryweb 1st Prize: £600 plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Poetry Festival 2017

2nd Prize: £300

3rd Prize: £100

Open theme 

Line restriction: 100 lines.

Judge: Liz Berry (All poems will be seen by Liz Berry)

Entry fee: £6.00 per poem

Deadline for entries: Friday 31st March 2017

Members of Poetry Can may submit second and third poems free.

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

 About the Judge

Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. Her pamphlet The Patron Saint of Schoolgirls was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2010.  Liz’s debut collection, Black Country (Chatto & Windus, 2014), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, received a Somerset Maugham Award, won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2014. Black Country was chosen as a book of the year by The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Mail, The Big Issue and The Morning Star. Liz’s poems have been broadcast on BBC Radio, television and recorded for the Poetry Archive. She has been a judge for major prizes including The Forward Prizes for Poetry and Foyle Young Poets. Liz works as a tutor for The Arvon Foundation, Writer’s Centre Norwich and Writing West Midlands.

How to enter

You can enter the Bristol Poetry Prize 2016 by post or online.

To enter by post

Download the postal guidelines here: BBP16guide.doc or here: BBP16guide.pdf

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

Read the guidelines and fill in your form.

Send your entries and payment to:
Bristol Poetry Prize 2016
Poetry Can
12 Great George St


To enter online

Download the online guidelines here: BBP16online.doc or here: BBP16online.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 2017.

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 2016 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