The Troubadour Poetry Prize

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017

judged by imtiaz dharker & michael symmons roberts

prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & troubadour coffee-house

plus, for all prize-winning poets,
spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets &
invitation to read at coffee-house poetry
on prize night, mon 27 nov 2017
with imtiaz dharker & michael symmons roberts

submit via e-mail or post by mon 16 oct 2017

(check out 2016 winning poems & judges’ reports on our poems page)

judges

  • Imtiaz Dharker, poet (visual artist & prizewinning film-maker) was born in Pakistan, grew up in Glasgow, & now divides her time between London, Wales & India. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, is a prescribed poet for GCSE English, has appeared on Desert Island Discs, & has been awarded both the Society of Authors’ Cholomondeley Prize & the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Latest of her six poetry collections is Over the Moon (Bloodaxe, 2014).
  • Michael Symmons Roberts has also published 6 collections of poetry, all with Cape, including Drysalter (2013) & is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has won the Forward Prize, Costa Book Award & Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Born in Preston, Lancs, he grew up in Newbury, Berks, &, in addition to his much-awarded poetry, has written & presented radio documentaries & dramas, & has written novels, libretti, & texts for oratorios & song cycles.

judges will read all poems submitted

rules

  • Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or separate submissions from any entrant; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification.
  • Fees: £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal (see options at bottom of page, account not required) OR cheque/postal-order payable to Coffee-House Poetry.
  • By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR cheque/postal-order enclosed; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.
  • By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to CoffPoetry@aol.com as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to info@coffeehousepoetry.org; include following details in e-mail: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR send cheque/postal-order by post.
  • Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight on Mon 16 Oct 2017; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 16 Oct 2017. Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing Mon 20 Nov 2017. Prize-giving will take place on Mon 27 Nov 2017 at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in Earls Court, London.
  • Acknowledgement/Results: E-mail entries acknowledged within 14 days of receipt of both entry & payment; postal entrants may include stamped, addressed postcard or envelope marked Acknowledgement &/or stamped, addressed envelope marked Results; results will be posted on website (& mailed to all postal entrants who included a Results envelope) after Mon 27 Nov 2017; no correspondence will be entered into.

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