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Leeds University Poetry Centre Launches Brotherton Poetry Prize
Steve Whitaker, Literary Correspondent
Brotherton Library
That the University of Leeds Poetry Centre has recently launched a major new poetry competition is fitting: the university has enjoyed a history of active engagement with poetry spanning several generations.

Alumni who have gone on to renown in the poetry world are legion, as are Leeds’ own journals, such as Stand magazine, whose mandate for inclusivity is as heartening as it is forward thinking. Never afraid to embrace the political, the prolix and the groundbreaking, the poetry centre remains an encourager and nourisher of new ideas.

The Brotherton Poetry Prize, created with the generous support of the Charles Brotherton Trust, will be specifically aimed at nurturing hitherto unpublished poets. Among the judges will be several luminaries of the literary world who have strong connections with the university: Simon Armitage - Professor of Poetry at Leeds; Melvyn Bragg – broadcaster and former Chancellor; John Whale – Professor of poetry and Director of the poetry centre, and university Cultural Fellow Dr Vahni Capildeo – renowned poet and winner of the 2016 Forward Prize.

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Huddersfield-born Armitage recognises the significance of a prize which will go on providing valuable encouragement for poets long after the accolade has been awarded:

‘It's very exciting to be launching the Brotherton Poetry Prize and to look forward to its future relevance as an important annual event in the contemporary poetry landscape.

As well as identifying new literary talent and rewarding the winning poets financially, the prize aims to provide support and development through a combination of publication and mentoring, encouraging poets towards their long-term ambitions and further writing.’


Open to anyone over 18 who has not yet published a complete collection of poems, entries should include up to five poems. The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the poetry centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200.

The poems of the shortlisted writers will be published as an anthology by respected Manchester publisher Carcanet, and all five will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events at the University of Leeds and other Yorkshire venues.

Full details, rules and entry forms are available here library.leeds.ac.uk/brotherton-prize. The closing date is 4 March 2019.

For more information about the anthology publisher: https://www.carcanet.co.uk/

Leeds University Poetry Centre Launches Brotherton Poetry Prize, 1st January 2019, 14:32 PM