at the troubadour
…announcing the sixth annual
troubadour international poetry prize
judged by jane draycott & bernard o’donoghue
with both judges reading all poems
sponsored by cegin productions
prizes: 1st £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250
plus 20 prizes of £20 each
plus spring 2013 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prizewinners’ coffee-house poetry reading
with jane draycott & bernard o’donoghue
on mon 3rd dec 2012 ...for all prize-winning poets
submissions by mon 15th oct 2012
Bernard O’Donoghue (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 TS 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, Zbyněk 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 TS 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/€6/$8 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 Note to Seller box by clicking on Add;
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; please include the following details on a separate page—Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, E-Mail Address (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 e-mailed to CoffPoetry@aol.com as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); please include the following details in your e-mail message—Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, 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 3rd December 2012 at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in Earls Court, London.