Luke Kennard has published five collections of poetry, including The Harbour Beyond the Movie and most recently and to great acclaim, Cain. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2007. He lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham. In 2014 he was selected by the Poetry Book Society as one of the Next Generation Poets. His debut novel, The Transition, was published in 2017 by Fourth Estate.
He closed Verve Poetry Festival in 2017, and will do so again in 2018 as part of Local Legends – our Birmingham Spoken Word Scene Night of Nights!
Luke will read all the entries and choose 3 winning poems and 12 commended poems. Luke will also attend the City Poetry event at Verve and introduce the poets.
1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £250
3rd Prize: £100
Commended: 12 commended poets will be invited to read their poem alongside the prizewinners and six commissioned poets at our City Poetry Event at Verve.
The cost of entry to our competition is £5.00 for the first poem and £3.00 for each subsequent poem. Please pay using this Paypal link. Only online payment is accepted.
Once your Paypal payment is completed you must email your poem(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org, each on a separate Word or PDF document. Your personal details must not be anywhere on the document(s) containing your poem(s). In the body of your email, please leave your name, postal address, email address and telephone contact details, along with the receipt number for your PayPal payment.
Because we wish to encourage entries from performance poets as well as those who write with the page in mind, we will accept audio entries of work on mp3 or .wma. ALL audio entries however must also be accompanied by a written version of the work and be emailed as described above.
- Poems must be no more than 80 lines long excluding title, and be typed on A4 paper. There is no minimum length for entries.
- Poems should have a City focus or context.
- Poems must be in English and your own original work.
- The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.
- Poems must be typed, in English, and unpublished. (They must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, broadcast, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time)
- Poems must have a title, and be your original work. No translations.
- All poems will be read and judged anonymously by Luke, cannot be returned, and may not be altered after submission. The judge’s decisions are final.
- No person may win more than one prize.
- The copyright of each poem remains with the author, although the organisers have the right to publish winning and commended poems on our website, on online social media, and once in any anthology of poetry that Verve Poetry Festival chooses to organise.
No travelling or accommodation costs can be paid in connection with any prize awarded or for attendance to read at Verve Poetry Festival.