PBS National Student Poetry Competition

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On 31 October the Poetry Book Society launched its second annual National Student Poetry Competition. The only nationwide prize of its kind, last year’s inaugural Competition, judged by George Szirtes, saw entries from universities across the country, and the £100 first prize was scooped by Sophie Clarke from Oxford University.

This year the winner will receive £200, with a second prize of £50 and third prize of £25. All three will receive full PBS memberships. Eight highly commended poems will receive associate membership of the PBS and a selection of books. The competition is free to enter for PBS student members and it is free and easy to join the PBS online, with membership offering access to the PBS Bulletin, poetry newsletters and 25% off poetry titles. 

The winning poems will be published on the PBS website with the judge’s comments and a freely available ebook of the 20 best poems.

The 2013 National Student Poetry Competition will be judged by Daljit Nagra, whose first collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover!, won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and who has just been shortlisted for the 2013 TS Eliot Prize with his third book, The Ramayan: A Retelling.

The competition is now open for entries and the closing date will be 13 December. The winners will be announced on 6 March.

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