Announcing the £2,500 Sixth Annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize
Judged by Jane Draycott & Bernard O'Donoghue (with both judges
reading all poems submitted)
Prizes: 1st £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250
plus 20 prizes of £20 each
plus a Spring 2013 Coffee-House-Poetry
and a prizewinners' Coffee-House Poetry reading
Draycott & Bernard O'Donoghue on Mon 26th Nov 2012
for all prize-winning
Submissions: by Mon 15th Oct 2012
ODonoghue (b. Cullen, County Cork) is a Fellow of the Royal Society of
Literature; a former Reader at Magdalen College and Fellow and tutor at Wadham
College, Oxford, he co-edits the Oxford Poets (Carcanet) series with David
Constantine. 'Farmers Cross' (Faber, 2011) was shortlisted for the 2011 T S
Eliot Prize following poetry collections which include 'Poaching Rights' (1987),
'The Absent Signifier' (1990), 'The Weakness' (1991), 'Gunpowder' (1995, which
won the Whitbread Poetry Prize), 'Here Nor There' (1999), 'Outliving' (2003) and
a 'Selected Poems' (Faber, 2008). He has written on the poetry of Seamus Heaney
and translated Czech poet, Zbynek Hejda.
- Jane Draycott (b. London)
teaches on postgraduate writing courses at Oxford and Lancaster Universities,
and is currently Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Aston University: a PBS 2004
'Next Generation' poet, she won the 2002 Keats Shelley Poetry Prize, was
shortlisted for the 2009 T S Eliot Prize and has won several awards for her
audio work with Elizabeth James. Her latest work, a translation of 14th century
'Pearl' (Carcanet, 2011) was a 2008 Stephen Spender Prize-winner. Earlier
publications include (with Two Rivers Press) 'Tideway' (2002) with Peter Hay,
and 'Christina the Astonishing' (1998) with Lesley Saunders & Peter Hay, and
three full collections, 'Prince Rupert's Drop' (1999), 'The Night Tree' (2004)
and 'Over' (2009), all with Carcanet/Oxford Poets.
- Both judges will
read all poems submitted.
- General: Entry implies
acceptance of all rules; failure to comply with all rules results in
disqualification; submissions accepted by post or e-mail from poets of any
nationality, from any country, aged over 18 years; no poet may win more than one
prize; judges' decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
- Poems: Poems must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines,
must fit on one side of one page of A4, must show title and poem only, must not
show poet's name or any other identifying marks on submitted poems (whether by
post or as e-mail attachment), must be original work of the entrant (no
translations) and must not have been previously broadcast or published (in print
or online); prize-winning poems may be published (in print or online) by
Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and may not be published elsewhere for
one year after Monday 15th October 2012 without permission; no limit on number
of poems submitted; no alterations accepted after submission.
- Fees: All
entries must be accompanied by fees of £5/€6EURO/$8USD per poem
(Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); entries only included when payment received via
PayPal: visit www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes,
follow PayPal instructions at bottom of page, (PayPal account not required),
enter Poet's Name & No. of Poems in 'Add special instructions to merchant'
Cheque/Money-Order: payable to Coffee-House Poetry, write Poet's Name
& No. of Poems on back.
- By Post: No entry form required; two copies
required of each poem submitted; include on separate page: Poet's Name &
Address, Phone, E-Mail (if available), List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees,
and EITHER PayPal reference OR cheque enclosed; no staples; no Special Delivery,
Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; we recommend folding poems in half in C5
envelope as this does not incur 'large letter' charge if less than 5mm thick
(UK); entries are not returned.
- By E-mail: No entry form required;
poems must be submitted as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only) to CoffPoetry@aol.com; include in e-mail:
Poet's Name & Address, Phone, List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, and
EITHER PayPal reference OR cheque to arrive by post within 7 days; no Special
Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post.
Acknowledgement/Results: E-mail entries acknowledged within 7 days of receipt of
payment; postal entrants may include stamped, addressed postcard or envelope
marked 'Acknowledgement' and/or stamped, addressed envelope marked 'Results' if
required; results sent to all e-mail entrants after winners announcement; no
correspondence will be entered into.
- Deadline: All postal entries, and
any cheque/postal payments for e-mail entries, to arrive at Troubadour
International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP
postmarked on or before Monday 15th October 2012.
- Prizewinners will be
contacted individually by Monday 19th November 2012: prizegiving will be on
Monday 26th November 2012 at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in Earls
Anne-Marie Fyfe (Organiser)
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