Verve Poetry Festival 2018 City Poetry Competition
Thank you all so much for your 2018 entries. The winners will be announced in the coming weeks and the authors of the best fifteen poems will be invited to read alongside six commissioned poets at our City Poetry Event at Verve 2018!
You can book your free tickets to said City Poems event here.
Acclaimed Birmingham poet Roy Fisher famously published his long poem City as a kind of poetic hymn to a city he often loathed but ultimately loved. Decades later, another poet with Brummie roots, Benjamin Zephaniah, wrote his City Psalms, placing verse covering the topics of politics, race and injustice in a resolutely city setting.
A city centre poetry festival needs city poems! For this year’s competition we’d like to hear and read yours. But how will you write about the city, and will your city be real or imaginary? Will your city be your focus, or will you set your poem in your city with the cosmopolitan conurbation as a back-drop? Will your city be a positive, lively place, filled with energy and vigour? Will it be violent and threatening? Will you be alone in your city, or amongst friends? Will your poem take on the shape of your city? Will it be tall and thin like a sky-scraper? Or widen and narrow like your city’s river? Only you can answer these questions, but we can hardly wait to find out!
1st prize £500, 2nd £250 and 3rd prize worth £100.
Deadline and city theme
Verve’s poetry contest this year is for city themed poems. It opens on Sunday, 1st Oct 2017 and closes midnight Saturday, 25th Nov 2017.