Exeter Poetry Festival Competition

Can you carve out a meaningful poem in a single line?

Can you Entertain, Mesmerise and Wow in 140 characters?

Exeter Poetry Festival is now inviting entries for poems of no more than 140 characters.  

If you’re on Twitter, why not tweet them?

The Prizes

1st Prize: a selection of books by this year’s festival authors (subject to availability), and two pairs of tickets to your choice of live readings at Exeter Poetry Festival 2012*

2nd Prize: Two pairs of tickets to your choice of live readings at Exeter Poetry Festival 2012*

3rd Prize: One pair of tickets to your choice of live readings at Exeter Poetry Festival 2012*

*Excludes workshops and the Exeter Poetry Slam

The Judge: Alasdair Paterson

Having won an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1975 and published collections in the mid-1980’s including The Floating World (Pig Press) and Brief Lives (Oasis Books), Alasdair Paterson only recently returned to writing after a 20 year gap with on the governing of empires (Shearsman, 2010). In 2011 he published two pamphlets: Brumaire and Later (Flarestack Poets) and in arcadia (Oystercatcher Books). He is now retired after a career directing the work of academic libraries in Britain and Ireland and travelling extensively, particularly in Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union. He lives in Exeter.

The Rules

The deadline for entries is 12 noon on Monday 24th September.

Entrants who are not on Twitter can just e-mail their poems to mail@cypruswell.org with your name and address.

Entrants who are on Twitter are encouraged to tweet their poem and e-mail mail@cypruswell.org to let us know your twitter username, your name, and address. You MUST send an e-mail entry, or your poem will not be counted.

Exeter Poetry Festival will tweet all poems once an e-mail entry has been received.

All entrants will receive notification that their entry has been received.

Poems must not be longer than 140 characters.

Poems can be on any theme, but Exeter Poetry Festival reserves the right to discount entries considered obscene.

The winning poems will be published on the Exeter Poetry Festival website.

Worldwide copyright remains with the entrants, though Exeter Poetry Festival reserves the right to use the winning entries in future marketing material in print and online.

Exeter Poetry Festival is unable to offer feedback on any entries.

We will accept ONE entry per person.

All entries must be previously unpublished.

The Judge’s decision is final.


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