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Entries are now open for the AUB International Poetry Prize 2022

The competition, with its theme of ‘Choice’ is open to writers over the age of 16 from any part of the world and will judged by award-winning poet Glyn Maxwell. An impressive prize of £500 is due to be awarded to the best entry, with two runner-up prizes and ten Highly Commended places up for grabs. Not only that, but all longlisted entries will be published in a celebratory digital anthology. See below for last year’s anthology designed by AUB Graphic Design student Chiara Causer and edited by poet and Creative Writing lecturer Dr Natalie Scott.

The competition’s theme encourages writers to express their thoughts and feelings in a way that doesn’t restrict them to a particular topic or approach. Entrants can choose to write in any form or style of poem in response to the theme, which can be interpreted in any way they like. Whether it’s sharing a personal experience of choice or observing it in the wider world, from making important life-choices to choosing from a café menu, we’re looking forward to seeing a variety of creative approaches.

Prizes

1st Prize of £500

2 runner-up prizes of £50

10 awards of Highly Commended

All longlisted poems to be published in a celebratory digital anthology

Entries

Entry fee: £5 for first poem and £3 for subsequent poems up to a maximum of 10 poems*

Deadline for Entries: Friday 1 July 2022, 23:59 (BST) / 22:59 (GMT)

*50 free entries (one poem per person) are available to writers who might not otherwise be able to participate in the competition. To register your expression of interest in one of these free entries, please contact poetryprize@aub.ac.uk by 29 April 2022.

Entrants are required to pay online. They will receive a sales notification email which they must forward, along with the attached completed entry form and poems (each poem as a separate attachment), to poetryprize@aub.ac.uk. Submission via any other means (e.g. in hard copy by post) will not be accepted.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 years+ from anywhere in the world

Please read the full terms and conditions before entering the competition.

We look forward to receiving your entries

Competition Details

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Terms and Conditions

The AUB International Poetry Prize 2022 (the "Poetry Prize") is organised by Arts University Bournemouth ("AUB")...

A stack of open books on top of each other. A pencil is placed in the spine of the open book at the top of the pile.

Previous Winners

Last year we received over 300 entries from 17 countries, with poets responding to our competition theme of ‘Change’...

Chair of Judges: Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell's books of poetry include How The Hell Are You, which was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award, Pluto, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2013, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2004. His book-length poem Time’s Fool is in development as a feature film with Fox Searchlight. In 2012 he published On Poetry, a popular critical guidebook, and in 2016 its fictional sequel, Drinks With Dead Poets. His plays include Liberty, which premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008, and The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre’s ‘Best New Play’ at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2004. He is also a librettist and novelist. During a ten-year spell in the USA he taught at Amherst, Princeton, Columbia and NYU, and in the UK has taught at the Universities of Warwick, Essex and Goldsmiths, and currently teaches on the MA at the Poetry School. He was Chair of Judges for the T S Eliot Prize in 2022.

AUB International Poetry Prize 2021 — Digital Anthology

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A stack of open books on top of each other. A pencil is placed in the spine of the open book at the top of the pile.

Previous Winners

Last year we received over 300 entries from 17 countries, with poets responding to our competition theme of ‘Change’...
Image of a book shelf

Terms and Conditions

The AUB International Poetry Prize 2022 (the "Poetry Prize") is organised by Arts University Bournemouth ("AUB")...