The Melita Hume Poetry
Prize is an award of £1,000 and a publishing deal with Eyewear
Publishing! It is FREE to enter and aims to support and
celebrate young writers.
Competition opens on the 13th February
an award of £1,000 and a publishing deal with
Eyewear Publishing Ltd., for the best first full collection of a young poet
writing in the English language, 35 years of age or under. The aim of this prize is
to support younger emerging writers during difficult economic times. This is
open to any one of the requisite age, of any nationality, resident in the United
Kingdom and Ireland. It is free to enter.
Melita Hume was a book
collector, and compiler of poems and information about many authors, who lived most of her life in St.
Lambert and the Eastern Townships.
The Judge in 2013 is Jon
Stone, poet, editor and publisher, born in 1983. Stone is one of the best young
British poets now writing. He was commended in the 2011 National Poetry
Competition and won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2012. A full
length collection, School of Forgery, was published by Salt in the same year and
was a Poetry Book Society Summer Recommendation. His poetry has also been
included in numerous anthologies, including The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt,
2011), and Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012).
Jon Stone will select the best collection from the shortlist, which will be no more
than ten, and no fewer than six poets. Jon Stone said about the Melita Hume
Prize: “The recognition and nurturing of emerging talent is a vital service to
our culture, but publishing new poets is always a risky venture, even for the
mainstream presses. Both the generosity and wisdom, therefore, of a prize that
offers both money and a first book deal cannot be understated.”
competition opens on Wednesday 13 February 2013 and closes at 5pm on Monday 13
May 2013. The prize is free to enter, and submissions will be accepted from
anyone of the requisite age, of any nationality; the poet must be resident in
the United Kingdom or Ireland. Manuscripts must be between 50 -100 pages and
work must be previously unpublished in full book form.
The 2013 shortlist
will be announced in July 2013 and the winner will be announced in September
2013. The winning collection will be published in Spring
About Eyewear: Eyewear Publishing Ltd. is based in
London, England. It was founded in the Diamond Jubilee/Olympic year of 2012.
Emphasis is on excellent new work, as well as the rediscovery of out-of-print