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AUB International Poetry Prize 2021

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International Poetry Prize

Competition now open for entries!

To celebrate National Poetry Day 2020, The Creative Writing team at Arts University Bournemouth are excited to announce the launch of their inaugural poetry competition, the AUB International Poetry Prize.

The competition, with its theme of ‘Change’ is open to all writers over the age of 16 and will be judged by international 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 anthology. The competition closes on 2 July 2021.

Please read the full Terms and Conditions before entering.

Topic: Change

You can choose to write in any form or style of poem in response to the theme of change. You can interpret it in any way. Whether it’s sharing a personal experience of change or observing it in the wider world, from life-changes to changing trains, we’re looking forward to seeing a variety of creative approaches.

Chair of Judges: Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell's books of poetry include How The Hell Are You, currently shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, Pluto, which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize in 2013, and The Nerve, which won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 2004. In 2012 he published On Poetry, a popular critical guidebook for the general reader, and in 2016 its fictional sequel, Drinks With Dead Poets. He is also a playwright, librettist and novelist. He has taught at Princeton, Columbia and NYU in the USA, at the Universities of Essex and Goldsmiths in the UK, and currently teaches on the MA at the Poetry School.