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MICHAEL SYMMONS ROBERTS

Born in 1963 in Preston, Michael Symmons Roberts has published six colllections of poetry, including Corpus, The Half-Healed and, most recently, Drysalter, which was on the T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist. His poems have won numerous awards, including the Whitbread Prize for Poetry and the Forward Prize. As well as his poetry, Symmons Roberts has published two novels and a work of non-fiction, Edgelands, with Paul Farley, which was both shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and awarded the 2010 Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction. His continuing collaboration with composer James Macmillan has produced song cycles, works of music theatre and operas for the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Welsh National Opera. Symmons Roberts is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. 

 

'Michael Symmons Roberts' poems are intense and sensual explorations of the moment when the soul quickens to some ice-cracking life' - The Observer

The Poetry London Competition 2014 is now open.

The Poetry London Competition, now in its fifteenth year, has become one of the most highly-regarded in the country, attracting many hundreds of entries from across the UK and abroad. We are pleased to announce that we have invited the distinguished poet Michael Symmons Roberts to judge the 2014 competition. Previous judges have included Pascale Petit (2013), Neil Astley (2012), Paul Farley (2011), Michael Longley (2010), and Don Paterson (2009). Michael Symmons Roberts' judge’s report and the winning poems will be published in the Autumn ’14 issue of Poetry London.
 

Entrants may submit poems by post OR we will accept entries online. Please click here to enter and pay securely online.

 

POETRY LONDON COMPETITION 2014

The Poetry London Competition 2014 is now open for entries. This year the judge will be Michael Symmons Roberts.

Winners will receive the following prizes:

First Prize £1000
Second Prize £500
Third Prize £200

plus publication in Poetry London

Four commendations will be awarded, of £75 each


Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published, in print or online. The maximum length is 80 lines.

Entry fee is £3 per poem for Poetry London subscribers, for non-subscribers £5.

 

Postal entry:

For competition rules and entry form please download the form. This guidance is slightly different to that given here for online entry, so please read the rules and entry form carefully. You must print it, complete it, arrange a payment method and post it. Some people are having trouble viewing or downloading this PDF form. If you have a problem, email admin@poetrylondon.co.uk to have it sent to you. Alternatively, enter online as below. 

 

Online Entry:

If you wish to submit poems online using a credit/debit card or PayPal, you can enter and pay securely through our Wufoo form here. In order to do this, you will need a Word document containing your poems with no identifying information, and a bank card or PayPal account. If you believe that including your entry in an email will interfere with the formatting of your poem, you should instead enter by post (see above).

Before submitting your entry online, you must ensure you have read the full competition rules (below).

Please ensure that all fields in the form are filled out correctly, especially those giving your payment account. Entries with incorrect payment attached will be disqualified.

Online Competition Rules

Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length is 80 lines.

Your name and address must only appear on the text form, and not appear on the poems entered, nor any other marks that could identify you. Enter the title of each poem on the entry form, or the first line for untitled poems. Each poem will be judged separately on its own merits.

You may enter as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. For Poetry London subscribers the entry fee is £3 per poem; for non-subscribers £5. You are also eligible for the lower entry fee if you take out a subscription while completing this form. 

The closing date is 2 May 2014. Online entries received after midnight on this date will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by 1 July 2014; the first, second and third prizewinners will be published in the Autumn 2014 issue of Poetry London and on the magazine’s website. The prizes will be awarded at our Autumn launch reading in London in September [date tbc]. Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning poems. 

We will not enter into any correspondence about entries, or make changes to entries received. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The judge’s decision is final. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules. We will abide by good practice in the running of this competition, but cannot be held responsible for circumstances beyond our control such as failure of email delivery. Should the named judge be unable to proceed, we aim to find an alternative judge of equivalent standing as a poet. Prizes may be withheld or altered if we receive no outstanding poems, or insufficient entries.

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