Monday, December 28, 2015

Poetry Competition: Basil Bunting Poetry Award

Basil Bunting Poetry Award

Closing date: 15th Jan 2016. 

Prizes: £1,000, £750, £250. 

Entry fee: £6 per poem, £10 for two, £5 for each subsequent entry. 

Poems up to 40 lines.


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Competition rules:


Each poem submitted must be no more than 40 lines long. The title is not included in the line count, nor are any blank spaces to indicate stanza or section breaks.

All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document.

Entries can be on any subject and written in any style or form.

Entrants may enter up to ten poems, subject to payment of the appropriate entry fee.

Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition, but entry fees will not be refunded.

The deadline for entries is 12:00 Midnight (GMT) Monday 7th March 2016. Any entries arriving after this time will not be considered.


The Prize is open to all writers internationally.

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that all work is your own.

Poems must be previously unpublished. Poems must not be currently entered for judgement in any other poetry competitions, nor have won or been placed (as in 2nd, 3rd, runner-up, etc.) in any other competiton.

Entries submitted posthumously or on behalf of another person will not be eligible.


The fee for entering one poem is £7; for entering two poems is £10; the fee then increases by £5 per poem up to ten poems (£50), which is the maximum allowed number of entries per poet.

The appropriate entry fee to be paid via the NCLA webstore or cheque.

Entry format

Entries must be written in English.

Poems to be single-spaced and a line count noted at the top of each poem, or at the beginning of the document.

Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title. For postal entries, please include your name and contact details (ideally including an email address) on a separate covering letter.

Online entries should be a separate file for each poem entered, to be submitted online once the entry fee is paid.

The file type of online entries must be either a .doc, .docx, .rft, .pdf or .txt file.

Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but NCLA may seek persmission to publish winning and shortlisted entries online.

Judging & results

Prizewinners will be invited to an award ceremony at Newcastle Poetry Festival on 6th May 2015.

The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

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