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Glynn Maxwell’s most recent book of poetry, Pluto, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, while previous collections include Hide NowThe Nerve and The Breakage. Recipient of the Geoffrey Faber Prize, Cholmondely Prize, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and a regular feature on the New York Times Notable Books of the Year list, he was the longest-serving Poetry Editor of The New Republic. Equally respected as both a playwright and librettist, The Lifeblood was the British Theatre Guide’s ‘Best Play’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2005, while Liberty premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008. His libretto for The Firework Maker’s Daughter received an Olivier Award Nomination in 2014, and his new work, Nothing, will premiere at Glyndebourne in 2016. Maxwell’s critical guidebook, On Poetry, was recently published to widespread acclaim in both the UK and US.

‘Spellbinding . . . incredibly musical . . . Maxwell is a poet of formidable technical gifts who revels in the sheer power of storytelling. This is a poet who knows as well as any how to make a human sound.’ - Guardian

Poetry London's 2015 competition is now open for entries, and we are delighted to announce Glyn Maxwell as this year's judge.

The winning poems will be published in the Autumn 2015 issue of the magazine and commendations will be published online. Prizes will be presented at the launch of the autumn issue in London.

1st prize: £1000

2nd prize: £500

3rd prize: £200

Four commendations: £75



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 not appear on the poems, nor any other marks that could identify you. Please enter the title of each poem on the entry form, or the first line for untitled poems.

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 now.

Closing date: 1 May 2015

Winners will be notified by 1 July 2015.



To enter the competition, please complete this online application form and follow the payment instructions.

Alternatively, you can download, print and complete the form below and post your submissions to us. Payment instructions are given on the form.


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