Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the third Bread and Roses Poetry Award, sponsored by Unite, is now open for entries.
Our mission is to promote a socialist approach to all cultural activities, including arts such as poetry. So we run the Bread and Roses Poetry Award to create new opportunities for working people to write poetry, and to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working-class communities.
As in previous years, there will be 5 prizes of £100 for the best poems, and an anthology of the poems of around a further 20 entrants will be published later in the year. In addition, we are offering a mentoring and support package for writers who have not yet published a collection. Up to 3 of these entrants - who may or may not have won one of the 5 prizes - will be linked to an experienced, published poet, and they will be helped to produce their first published collection.
They will also be invited, along with the winners of the 5 prizes, to launch their collections at the Teeside International Poetry Festival, to be held in Middlesbrough in April 2020.
Submission Guidelines and Award Rules
1. You may enter up to three original, previously unpublished (in print) poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long.
2. You must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
3. Entry is free, and open to anyone regardless of trade union membership.
4. There will be five prizes of £100 each for the best poems. In addition, a mentoring and support package leading to a first published collection will be offered to up to 3 entrants, who may or may not be prizewinners.
5. Entries should broadly deal with themes relevant to working-class life, politics, communities and culture.
7. Please include the poem(s) and your name, address, and contact details in the body of the email.
8. All entries remain the copyright of the author but Culture Matters and Unite will have the right to publish them.
9. By entering the Award, entrants agree to accept and be bound by the rules of the Award and the decisions of the judges. We are unable to respond individually to submissions.
Copies of the Bread and Roses Poetry Anthology 2018 (along with many other fine books of political poetry!) are available to buy here.
Mike Quille is a writer, reviewer and chief editor of Culture Matters.