Poetry Competition

University of Hertfordshire Single Poem Prize

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The University of Hertfordshire is delighted to announce the launch of the second Single Poem Prize. The first prize was launched in 2018, in conjunction with the University’s Poetry Hub, founded in 2017 to encourage the development and study of contemporary poetics. Judged by Hub fellows Rachel Long, Mark Waldron, and chaired by Wayne Holloway-Smith, the prize is open to anyone living in the UK, and free to enter in the interests of fairness and inclusivity.

The winning poem will receive £500, with £100 and £50 awarded to second and third placed respectively.

  1. All entries are judged anonymously. Do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, on the document.
  2. Entries can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.
  3. Any number of poems may be entered, however each poem requires a new entry form.
  4. The Competition opens on 1st June 2019 and closes at 23:59 on 1st August 2019.
  5. There is no minimum length, but poems should not exceed 42 lines, excluding title, lines between text/ stanza breaks.
  6. The Prize is open to writers living in the UK, writing in English, and 16 years old and over at the time of the closing date.
  7. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own.
  8. Entries must never have been published, self-published, featured on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.
  9. Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.
  10. The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
  11. Authors of winning poems will be notified one week before the prize is announced.
  12. The prize will be announced by 30th September 2019.
  13. Copyright will remain with the author, but winning poems will be featured on the University website.

Find out more in the full Terms and Conditions. You will be able to enter the competition from 1st June 2019 by completing a form on this page.

Find out more about the Inaugural Poetry Competition and the winning entries.

About the judges

Rachel Long

Rachel Long is a poet & the founder of Octavia - Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, who are housed at Southbank Centre, London. Her work has featured in Magma, The London Magazine, and Modern Poetry in Translation. Rachel has taught at The Poetry School, The Poetry Society, Tate Modern, and The Arvon Foundation. She is co-tutor on the Barbican Young Poets programme.

Mark Waldron

Mark Waldron published two collections with Salt, The Brand New Dark in 2008 and The Itchy Sea in 2011his third, Meanwhile, Trees was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. He was selected as a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014.

Wayne Holloway-Smith

Wayne Holloway-Smith’s first collection, Alarum, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017, and shortlisted for The Roehampton Poetry Prize, and a Poetry Book Society Guest Selection in the same year. He won The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2016. His is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire.

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