2023 International Poetry Competition
£1000 first prize for a single poem
Guest Judge: Inua Ellams MBE
We are delighted to announce the long and shortlists for the competition.
The winner will be announced at our anthology launch event on 12th December. All are welcome, register here.
And all 50 longlisted poems will be published in our 2023 anthology. Pre-order your copy here: /store
The Pig and the Fennel
Some things I do no know
To the Kilburn Horse, seen from the Leeds to Newcastle train
Busy Day at the Foodbank
A part of me is still hoping you faked it
The Dark in Which I’ve Lately Dwelt
bread and roses
How the wind will sing of us
A Brief History of Modern Music
Self Portrait as my Diary
Cutting my grandmother's hair
How Number Four Grandma Came to Join the Household
The Day the Rains Came
She offers her defence
Ode to Soviet Space dogs
The Coursing: New Year's Day
The Red Handbag
The art of waiting
The Cervine Assumption
Nightsingers - a conversation poem.
Daughter, you have been carrying your brother on your back all night
Feeling Good & Functioning Well
The Knight's Tale
Taking ‘The Cardinal’ from Washington to Chicago
As you spread and soar
The Half of It
The High Priestess
The Soap Dishes in the Shower Block at Alcatraz
The Oak Planter
I’ve given up on love and am going to the moon
Ghazal: First Generation
When you sing Jerusalem
Inua Ellams MBE
Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is writer and curator. He is a cross disciplinary artist, an internationally touring performer, a poet, playwright, screenwriter, graphic artist & designer. His published books of poetry include Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales, The Wire-Headed Heathen, #Afterhours, and The Actual. His first play The 14th Tale was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival. His plays include Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre and world tour), Three Sisters (National Theatre) and The Half-God of Rainfall (The Kiln). He is currently touring Search Party, An Evening With An Immigrant and working on several commissions across stage and screen.
He lives and works from London, where he founded and curates the Midnight Run, The R.A.P Party, Poetry +Film / Hack, and other live events. He is an ambassador for The Ministry of Stories and The London Library, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Royal Society of Arts, and board members of The Poetry Translation Centre, Complicite Theatre, The Royal Society of Literature and Cheltenham Literature Festival. In 2023, He was honoured with an MBE for Services To The Arts.Full Ts&Cs can be found on the submittable page.