PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR DATES OF SHORT-LISTS PUBLICATION. URGENT NEWS ABOUT PRIZE-GIVING
LONG LIST IS NOW UP: SEE BELOW
FIRST PRIZE: £1,000, plus five years subscription to Acumen
SECOND PRIZE: £400, plus three years subscription to Acumen
THIRD PRIZE: £200, plus two years subscription to Acumen
SPECIAL PRIZE for best current subscriber’s entry: £100
Additionally six highly-commended poets will receive £25 plus a subscription to Acumen and ten commended poets will receive a year’s subscription to Acumen.
Closing Date: Saturday 28th February 2020
£5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.
Current subscribers can enter one extra poem free (including those subscribing with the entry).
Nancy Mattson is a Canadian writer who moved to London in 1990. Her fourth full poetry collection is Vision on Platform 2 (Shoestring 2018). Her previous books are Finns and Amazons (Arrowhead 2012), which moves from poems about early 20th century Russian women artists to a search for her Finnish great-aunt who disappeared in Stalinist Russia; Writing with Mercury (Flambard 2006); and Maria Breaks Her Silence (Coteau 1989), shortlisted for Canada’s Gerald Lampert Award. Festival appearances include Torbay, Suffolk, Lancaster, Grand Finn-Fest in Sault Ste. Marie and Greenbelt in Cheltenham. She has spoken at universities in Canada, the U.S., Finland and Russia.
How to enter
- By post: Download an Entry Form here, complete and return with your poem(s) and fee.
- Compete the Entry Form alongside, attach the file with your poems (If you are entering more than one poem, please put all poems on separate sheets in one Word file) , tick to agree to the rules and then click ‘send’.
- Pay the entry fee by clicking ‘Add to Cart’ for 1 poem or 5 poems. then click ‘Shopping Cart’ at the top of the page and checkout.
- Poems must be original, have a title, be unpublished or not accepted for publication. They should be written in English and not exceed 50 lines.
- Each poem must be typed, single-spaced on one side of A4 paper which must not bear the name of the author or any form of identification. The titles of poems and name and address of the poet should be clearly listed on the entry form or a separate sheet of paper.
- The entry fee is £5.00 per poem, or 5 poems for £20.00. Current subscribers to Acumen (including those subscribing with entry) can enter one extra free poem.
- Receipt of entry will be acknowledged if a stamped, addressed postcard marked ‘Receipt’ is enclosed with postal entries.
- A list of winners will be sent if a stamped addressed envelope marked ‘Prizewinners’ is enclosed with postal entries.
- Copyright will remain with the author, but the organisers reserve the right to publish any of the winning or commended poems up to one year after the end of the competition.
- The awards will be announced at a Prize giving party in London. The winning poets will be notified in advance and invited to attend. All short-listed poets will be invited to read their short-listed entry.
- The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results. The poems will not be returned.
- The organisers reserve the right to return poems and entry fees if the need arises.
- Neither the judge nor organisers are eligible to enter the competition.
- The judges will read ALL the entries.
- Cheques/POs should be made payable to Acumen Publications and sent together with the poems and author’s details to:
The Administrator, c/o 6 The Mount, Brixham, South Devon TQ5 8QY, UK. Envelopes should be clearly marked ‘Acumen International Poetry Competition’
E-mail entries to arrive by 6.00pm 28 February 2020
THE LONG LIST OF POETS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON 21-23rd MARCH.
WINNING AND COMMENDED POETS’ NAMES TO BE PUBLISHED ON 10th APRIL
I was so looking forward to meeting you all at Acumen’s Competition Prize Giving event. But due to the latest government instructions on how to keep safe from the coronavirus, we feel we have to cancel it for this year. However, the short and long lists will appear on the website as advertised and the winning poems will be also posted on 29th April. I will be in touch with the four main winners for permission to publish their poems as part of the Focus for Readers Acumen Broadsheet to accompany the May issue of the magazine with, hopefully, a few words from Nancy and Michael on the judging.
I would like to thank you all for entering and hope, whether you are listed or not, that you have enjoyed the experience. Acumen editors hope to run the Competition next year.
We hope to meet many of you at Acumen and other poetry events over the coming year, do make yourself known to any of the editors.
Again many thanks to those who supported the Competition,
Patricia and the Acumen team.
THE LONG LIST
Gail Anderson Derek Sellen
Helen Ashley Kerrin Sharpe
Mike Barlow K.V. Skene
Graham Burchell Peter Sutton
Maggie Butt Laura Theis
Siobhan Campbell Alex Toms
Ian Chamberlain Sue Wallace-Shaddad
Michaela Coplan Louise Woodford
Kay Cotton Jim C. Wilson
Elena Croitoru Glen Wilson
Roberta Derva Dominica Wistern
Kieran Egan Marc Woodward