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THE E.P. POETRY PRIZE FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF 21ST CENTURY

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THE E.P. PRIZE FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

THE E.P. PRIZE FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY, IN ENGLISH is a one-off major international award, to be judged by a large panel of many leading poets, critics and scholars. It will identify, celebrate and reward the poets and publishers of small, medium and large presses who have created the very best poetry collections in the English language in the past 17 years.

 

Shortlisted poets and their publisher will both receive £250 each, and an invitation to read at the gala awards ceremony in London, UK, in April 2018.

 

The BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY will be awarded £5,000. That’s £2,500 to both poet and publisher.

 

ALL 21 winning books will be on display at the gala, and widely publicised at our award-winning blog, and via social media. Submissions close December 31, 2017. The shortlist will be announced no later than March 31, 2018.

 

The judges have been selected to represent all schools and styles of contemporary poetics, and hail from Australia, America, Canada, India, Ireland, and the UK.

 

ALL POETRY COLLECTIONS OF MORE THAN 48 PAGES, PUBLISHED 2000-2017 are eligible; this includes all full poetry collections, including self-published books. The publications must have appeared in physical form on paper, in whatever format (i.e. from perfect bound, to loose sheets in a box).

 

Poets, their publishers, and members of the public who wish to submit a book may do so. A publisher is free to submit as many books as they wish.

 

Once a book has been submitted, it will be publicly recorded on our site – duplications will be refunded. Each book will require one copy to be physically submitted within one month of submitting the name. All books are to be posted to the Eyewear postal address, listed below.

 

All shortlisted books will go to the judging panel. All other books will be donated to charity shops.

 

The sifting panel will consist of the Eyewear editorial board, including Todd Swift, Dante Micheaux, Alexandra Payne and Rosanna Hildyard, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.

 

The final judging panel comprises*:

 

  1.  ALEX HOUEN

  2. ANTHONY CALESHU

  3. CLEA ROBERTS

  4. COLETTE SENSIER

  5. DAVID MUSGRAVE

  6. DAVID WHEATLEY

  7. DIANE BRADY

  8. IAN BRINTON

  9. ILYA KAMINSKY

  10. JAN OWEN

  11. JOHN GREENING

  12. KATE NOAKES

  13. KAVITA A. JINDAL

  14. KIMBERLY CAMPANELLO

  15. MARIELA GRIFFOR

  16. MARK YAKICH

  17. NIGEL MCLOUGHLIN

  18. PATRICK CHAPMAN

  19. PHILIP HIEBERT

  20. REBECCA GAYLE HOWELL

  21. RISHI DASTIDAR

  22. SHANTA ACHARYA

  23. TERESE SVOBODA

  24. TOBY MARTINEZ DE LAS RIVAS

  25. UMIT SINGH DHUGA

  26. ZATA BANKS

 

 

 

* The panel of judges may change, without invalidating the competition, as the large pool of judges guarantees a degree of continuity.

 

  

 

Guidelines

 

• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing Ltd’s Submittable page. The fee to submit each title is £10.

 

• Books must be original work, of at least 48 pages in length, by a single author, published in the English language in the years 2000 to 2017. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, as well as indie and small press poets, to submit their work. SELECTEDS, COLLECTEDS and WORKS OF TRANSLATION will not be considered. POSTHUMOUS collections may be submitted.

 

Eligibility

 

All poets over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world are eligible.

 

Code of Ethics

 

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing Ltd staff; we will not use students or interns to screen submissions. 

 

• Given the large panel size, there are no limits on submissions relating to connections to a particular judge, since we will require each judge to recuse themselves from any decision involving a former or current student, friend, partner, family member, or close colleague.

 

• Authors’ works of poetry published by Eyewear Publishing Ltd are not eligible.

 

• The E.P. prize takes its name from both Eyewear Publishing, and a certain EP of poetic history, signalling the complex, ambiguous, and fraught history of small-press, modernist and contemporary poets, poetries and poetics, of the past 100 years.

 

This prize is given in a spirit of open reflection and welcome, and acknowledges that prizes are by their very nature somewhat invidious - but the alternative - to not seek what appears most worth reading - in an age where the poetry book is always potentially at risk from competing forms of entertainment and media - seems more so.

 

Note: Eyewear Publishing Ltd reserves the right to cancel the prize due to unforeseen circumstances at any time, at which point, all monies and books submitted will be returned within 3 months.

 

ENTRY LINK HERE

 

FULL JUDGES’ BIOS TO BE ADDED HERE...

 

 

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  • What an extraordinary literary undertaking and global celebration of poetry written in the English language!
    If anyone can pull off this marvelous feat, Dr Todd Swift can.
    Witness the mammoth collection of global poetry published by Eyewear in 2016 — The Poet’s Quest for God, an immense, luminous and impeccably curated, poetry guidebook on “faith, doubt and wonder.”

    Slow Reader on

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