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THE MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE SHORTLIST

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With a prize now of 2000 pounds, and running since 2012, the Melita Hume Poetry Prize has become significant in the UK this decade for discovering and supporting emerging excellence - and its previous shortlists have showcased immense talent. This year's judge, novelist and poet, Colette Sensier (herself once a Hume runner-up), will be delightfully challenged to pick a winner from the 11 shortlisted debut poetry collections, noted below - all poets were 35 years of age or younger, and a citizen or resident of the UK and/or Ireland, at time of entry. Colette Sensier is a Brighton-born, London-based writer...

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Maggie Smith to Judge 2018 Best New British and Irish Poets Competition

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June 18--London American poet Maggie Smith, author of the poem 'Good Bones', which The Guardian, Slate, and others declared a viral success earlier this summer, will guest-judge Eyewear Publishing's Best New British and Irish Poets competition in 2018.  Poets resident in the U.K. or Ireland, regardless of nationality, as well as passport holders from the U.K. or Ireland who live abroad, will be eligible to submit work for consideration if they have not yet published (and are not under contract to publish) a full-length collection of poetry. Poets who have published pamphlets will be eligible to compete. Smith is the author of Weep Up...

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