july, 2021

01julAll DayFree to enter! Yay!James Berry Poetry PrizeFor poets of colour who have not yet published a book-length collectionUKEntry Fee:Free Max word count:Portfolio of 10-12 pages of poems Top Prize:£1000

James Berry Poetry Prize

Event Details

The James Berry Poetry Prize will assist poets of colour with talent ready to take their work to the next level via mentoring and publication. Devised by Bernardine Evaristo, OBE, and Nathalie Teitler, the prize is modelled on The Complete Works mentoring programme previously supported by Arts Council England.

The prize is free to enter. It is open to poets of colour, who are UK residents (permanently reside in the UK: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man) who have not yet published a book-length collection, with special consideration given to LGBTQ+/disabled poets and poets from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. It is the first national poetry prize to include both mentoring and book publication. Please read the Terms and Conditions for full specification regarding elibibility criteria.

A panel of judges will choose three equal winning poets. The winning poets will be invited to take part in an annual James Berry Poetry Prize reading as part of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts events series.

The prize is funded by Arts Council England.

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