Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2017 – In association with Words & Ears

Flights of Fancy – Poetry Competition  – Judge: Carrie Etter

Competition closing date: 30th July 2017


Poems of up to 20 lines are invited on the theme of Flights of Fancy (see full entry details, below). Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entry at a prize-giving event at Bradford on Avon Arts Festival on Sunday September 17th, which will also feature a reading by competition judge Carrie Etter.

American expatriate Carrie Etter has published three collections: The Tethers (Seren, 2009), winner of the London New Poetry Award; Divining for Starters (Shearsman, 2011); and Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry by The Poetry Society. She also edited Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010) and Linda Lamus’s posthumous collection, A Crater the Size of Calcutta (Mulfran, 2015). She has lived in the West Country since 2005 and is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

 

 

 


First Prize: £500    –    Second Prize:  £150    –    Third Prize: £100

Plus seven Highly Commended and a local prize for entrants in the BA15 postcode area


Poetry Competition One Poem
Poetry Competition One Poem
This purchase is for the entry of one poem. The closing date for entries is midnight on 30th July 2017 for email entries. Postal entries must be postmarked by this date. Late entries will not be accepted. PLEASE READ ENTRY CONDITIONS BELOW
Price: £4.00

Poetry Competition Three Poems
Poetry Competition Three Poems
The closing date for entries is midnight on 30th July 2017 for email entries. Postal entries must be postmarked by this date. Late entries will not be accepted. PLEASE READ ENTRY CONDITIONS BELOW
Price: £10.00

 

Entry Conditions

  • Entrants must be 18 years or over.
  • Poems must be on the theme of Flights of Fancy (the title of the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2017): interpretation can be wide.
  • They should be submitted in English with a maximum of 20 lines.
  • Poems must be the entrant’s original work. Translations of other poets’ work will not be accepted.
  • Poems must not have been published, won any other prize, or be currently submitted for publication.
  • Each poem must be on a separate page and typed in a standard font such as Times New Roman 12pt.
  • Poems bearing the author’s name or other identifying information will be disqualified.
  • No entry form is required. For entry details, see ‘how to enter’, below.
  • No amendments can be made to poems once submitted. We are unable to return entries.
  • The entry fee (Sterling only) is £4 per poem or £10 for three poems. There is no limit on the number of poems entered.
  • The closing date for entries is midnight on 30th July 2017 for email entries. Postal entries must be postmarked by this date. Late entries will not be accepted.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be notified by email or telephone by Thursday August 31st 2017, and invited to read at the prize-giving event in Bradford on Avon on September 17th.
  • No poet may win more than one prize.
  • Prize winners will be announced on the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival website after the finals event.
  • The decision of the adjudicator is final and binding upon the participants entering this competition, and the organisers are unable to enter into correspondence with entrants regarding that decision.
  • Copyright remains with the authors but the organisers reserve the right to publish the winning poems and a selection from the shortlist in print form or online.
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these conditions of entry on submission of their poems.

    Online Entries

    1. Pay your entry fee by going to the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival website, www.boaartsfestival.com clicking on the poetry competition link, and following the instructions. Please make a note of your payment reference number.
    2. Send multiple entries as a single file, with each poem on a new page. Remember, do NOT include your name, just the poem title(s).
    3. In the body of your email, include the following details:

    – Your name, address, telephone number and email address

    – Titles of submitted poems

    – Your payment reference number

    1. Email your entry to dawn@dawngorman.co.uk by the closing date of midnight on July 30th 2017.

    Postal Entries

    1. Pay your entry fee by going to the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival website, www.boaartsfestival.com clicking on the poetry competition link, and following the instructions. Please make a note of your payment reference number.

    OR

    Make a cheque payable to The Bradford on Avon Arts Festival. Please write your name and address on the back. Cheques drawn on UK bank accounts only.

    1. Each poem should be printed on a separate page, on one side of A4. Remember, do NOT include your name, just the poem title(s).
    2. On a separate sheet, include the following details:

    – Your name, address, telephone number and email address

    – Titles of submitted poems

    – Your online payment reference number or cheque number

    1. Post your entry to: The Competition Administrator, 33 Goose Street, Beckington, Somerset BA11 6SS postmarked July 30th 2017 latest.