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  • THE EYEWEAR PRIZE FOR THE 21 BEST POETRY BOOKS OF 21ST CENTURY

    THE EYEWEAR 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 the UK, AT Pembroke College, Cambridge University, 2018.

    The BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY will be awarded £2,100, ADDITIONALLY. That’s £1,050 to EACH 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.The shortlist will be announced no later than TWO MONTHS FROM FINAL CLOSURE OF PRIZE.

    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. The full list of judges is listed below.

    ALL SINGLE-AUTHOR POETRY COLLECTIONS, including pamphlets, PUBLISHED 2000-2017 are eligible; this includes all poetry collections, including self-published books (in which case the author would also win the publisher award). The publications must have appeared in physical form on paper, PRINTED 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 (in other words, nominate) a book may do so. Publishers, poets, and the public are free to submit/nominate as many books as they wish. You may nominate your own work.

    Once a book has been submitted, it will be publicly recorded (title, author and publisher listed) on our WEB site WITHIN 48 HOURS – 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: Suite 333, 19-21 Crawford Street, London, UK, W1H 1PJ.

    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, Alexandra Payne and Rosanna Hildyard, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.

    NOMINATE HERE: https://eyewearpublishing.submittable.com/submit/85269/the-eyewear-prize-for-the-21-best-printed-poetry-books-of-the-21st-century-in-en

    The final judging panel comprises* the 32+ poets, scholars, and writers listed here

     

    * 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 £20. This will help defray the cost of the prize.

    • Books must be original work, 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.

    • 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.

    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.

  • 2018 BEST NEW BRITISH & IRISH POETS ANTHOLOGY NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES!

    The 2018 Best New British and Irish Poets anthology is now open for entries.

    Even if you have entered before, you are still eligible to enter, so long as you have yet to sign a contract for a debut full collection. While we at Eyewear hope you have signed such a contract, we are happy to encourage you to enter for an appearance in this important anthology series before you have.

    Every year sees a different judge, and therefore, a various poetic set of tastes, so do consider entering this year as well. Our judge this year is the superb American poet Maggie Smith. Her poem 'Good Bones' became the most-read of 2016 and a global phenomenon.

     CLOSES DECEMBER 31ST 2017!

    https://eyewearpublishing.submittable.com/submit/74802/the-best-new-british-and-irish-poets-2018-deadline-extended

     

     

  • MAJOR US POET KIMIKO HAHN TO JUDGE THE 2017 SEXTON PRIZE

    EYWEAR PUBLISHING believes it is vital to keep the progressive, and creative, lines of artistic communication (and publication) open between the UK and the USA, especially at times like these.

    AS SUCH we are thrilled to be able to today announce that this year's FINAL JUDGE for the prestigious SEXTON PRIZE for an American poetry manuscript is KIMIKO HAHN.

    Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections inspired by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (WWN, 2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. Hahn takes pleasure in the challenges of collaboration, most recently with Lauren Henkin’s photographic series. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.

    photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

  • Eyewear's Submission Opportunities for 2017

    January 6—LONDON 

    Eyewear Publishing LTD is pleased to announce its 2017 submission opportunities for poets and writers. For full guidelines, codes of ethics, and further information, visit www.eyewearpublishing.com or Eyewear's Submittable page.

    The Sexton Prize

    The Sexton Prize is an annual publication award with a $1,000 honorarium for an outstanding new collection of poetry by an American poet at any career stage. The winning manuscript is published, distributed, and marketed by Eyewear Publishing LTD in both the United States and the United Kingdom simultaneously. The previous winner of The Sexton Prize (2016) - SELECTED BY Final Judge DON SHARE-  is Rebecca Gayle Howell for American Purgatory

    The final judge for the 2017 Sexton Prize is PROFESSOR KIMIKO HAHN.

    Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poems, including: Brain Fever (W.W. Norton, 2014) and Toxic Flora (WWN, 2010), both collections inspired by science; The Narrow Road to the Interior (WWN, 2006) a collection that takes its title from Basho’s famous poetic journal; The Unbearable Heart (Kaya, 1996), which received an American Book Award; Earshot (Hanging Loose Press, 1992), which was awarded the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and an Association of Asian American Studies Literature Award. Hahn takes pleasure in the challenges of collaboration, most recently with Lauren Henkin’s photographic series. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/Voelcker Award, Shelley Memorial Prize, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, The City University of New York.

    photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

    The fee to submit to The Sexton Prize is $25.

     

    The Melita Hume Poetry Prize

    The Melita Hume Poetry Prize is an annual poetry publication award with a £1,000 honorarium for an original, first full-length collection by a poet under 35 years of age, resident in the UK or Ireland, writing in the English language. Previous years’ winners include Caleb Klaces for Bottled Air, Marion McCready for Tree Language, Amy Blakemore for Humbert Summer, Maria Apichella for Psalmody, Tony Chan for Four Points Fourteen Lines, and Jenna Clake for Fortune Cookie.

    The final judge for the 2017 Melita Hume Poetry Prize is Vahni Capildeo.

     

    Vahni Capildeo is a British Trinidadian writer. Her published books are No Traveller Returns, Person Animal Figure, Undraining Sea (shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature Caribbean Award), All Your Houses (a limited-edition artist’s book with photometry by Andre Bagoo), Dark & Unaccustomed Words (longlisted for the 2013 OCM Bocas Poetry Prize), Utter, Simple Complex Shapes, and Measures of Expatriation (winner of the Forward Best Collection Prize). She read English at Christ Church, Oxford and subsequently became a Rhodes Scholar there, completing a DPhil in Old Norse and translation theory, which overlapped with her Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge. She was the first poet on tour for the Out of Bounds poetry project, is a contributing editor for the Caribbean Review of Books, and a contributing advisor to Blackbox Manifold.

    The fee to submit to the Melita Hume Poetry Prize is £20.00

     

    The Best New British and Irish Poets 2018

    The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets writing in the English language in the UK and Ireland. The final fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets in spring of 2018. 

    Submissions open 2 April and close 15 September. 

    The judge for the 2018 Best New British and Irish Poets competition is Maggie Smith.

      

    Maggie Smith is the author of the forthcoming Weep Up, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, and three prizewinning pamphlets. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Magma, Waxwing, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and many other journals. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and she serves as a consulting editor to the Kenyon Review. Her poem ‘Good Bones’ was a global phenomenon in 2016.

    The fee to submit to The Best New British and Irish Poets is £10.00

     

    The Beverly Series

    Original, previously unpublished manuscripts of any genre, written in the English language, that are ineligible for submission to the Hume and Sexton Prizes are welcomed for consideration in The Beverly Series. The series acknowledges an outstanding work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or criticism by an author of any nationality and any career stage. The work of one or more authors will be selected from open readings in the 2017 series. Eyewear Publishing LTD will announce its selection in the first week of January, 2018. The previous winner of The Beverly Series is Sohini Basak for We Live in the Newness of Small Differences.

    Submissions remain open until 15 September, 2017. 

    The final judge for the 2017 Beverly Series is Todd Swift, Director of Eyewear Publishing LTD. 

    Dr Todd Swift is a British-Canadian expert on modern and contemporary poetry, and has been editing poetry collections for over 20 years. He has been a university teacher working with BA, MA and PhD students, in Budapest, London, and Glasgow. He is the editor or co-editor of numerous global anthologies, including Carcanet’s Modern Canadian Poets. He is author of nine full collections of poetry, including Seaway: New & Selected Poems, from Salmon, Ireland. His Selected Poems was published in 2014 by Marick Press, USA. His poems have appeared in many leading journals in America, Australia, Britain, Canada and Ireland. He was Oxfam GB’s poet-in-residence, based in Marylebone, 2004-2012. He will be Visiting Scholar/Writer-in-Residence, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, England, 2017-18.

    The fee to submit to the Beverly Series is £20.00

     

    The Lorgnette Pamphlet Series

    Building on the success of Eyewear's 2015 Michael Marks Publishers’ Award-shortlisted 20/20 Pamphlet series, and our 2016 Aviator Pamphlet series, we are pleased to announce our 2017 Lorgnette Pamphlet Series, selected and edited by Todd Swift. Eyewear will select and publish 20 limited-edition pamphlets from this open reading period. All poets working in the English language are welcome to submit original, previously unpublished pamphlets for consideration.

    NOW CLOSED.

    The fee to submit to The Lorgnette Pamphlet Series is £20.00.