Final call to enter the International Poetry Competition

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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The deadline is fast approaching for the Oxford Brookes University International Poetry Competition, but there is still time to enter.

Launched by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre in May, the competition has two top prizes of £1000 on offer. The competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world.

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize is a prestigious and timely way of enhancing Brookes’ reputation, founded on the Poetry Centre’s long-standing track record of poetry and public engagement.

Dr Eoin Flannery, Director of the Poetry Centre, Oxford Brookes University

Dr Eóin Flannery, Director of the Poetry Centre at Oxford Brookes said: “The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize is a prestigious and timely way of enhancing Brookes’ reputation, founded on the Poetry Centre’s long-standing track record of poetry and public engagement.”

There are two categories in the competition which are open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe.

The two categories are:

  • ESL category (open to all poets over 18 years of age who write in English as a second language
  • Open category (open to all poets over 18 years of age).

Part of the prize funding for the competition came from Oxford Brookes’ 150th anniversary small grants programme which was launched in 2014. The small grants programme has helped to fund projects which best supported staff, students and the local community, enhanced Brookes’ international reputation and celebrated 150 years of success.

The competition deadline is midnight on 31 August 2015. There is a cost of £5 to submit a poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Entrants may submit up to ten poems and all entries must be unpublished work.  Full competition entry criteria and terms and conditions can be found on the International Poetry Competition webpage.

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is based within the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University. The Centre hosts an annual programme of events for members of staff, students and the local community including conferences, research seminars, workshops, exhibitions and community projects.