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Our Judge Selects The International Beverly Prize Winner!

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Our distinguished judge Niall Bourke offers his extraordinarily generous and engaged comments on all the shortlisted authors' works, and announces his selected winner (Randy Osborne, pictured here). The winner will be offered a publishing contract with Eyewear, and a meaningful cash advance. Judge's Report: How does one judge the ‘best’ book? By how serious it is or by how funny? By the complexity of its metaphors or the clarity of its prose? How about, as in the case of the Beverly Prize, if we judge a 3,000 word poetry collection against a 156,000 word novel? By what criteria might we...

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MEL PRYOR'S JUDGING REPORT FOR THE SMART PRIZE!

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We are delighted to be able to announce the winners of the Christopher Smart Poetry Prize, judged by the respected British poet Mel Pryor. Here is her report below; the winners will be offered contracts and can choose to accept publication and their cash prizes: Christopher Smart Judge’s Report It was a huge pleasure to read the shortlisted entries for the Christopher Smart prize and I discovered many potential winners. The sculpted lyricism, precision, and restrained eroticism of Katherine Fallon’s collection Goldstar haunted me over several readings, and Goldstar is the prize’s runner up. Uche Ogbuji’s collection Ńchéfù Road caught...

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ANNOUNCING THE WINNER AND RUNNER UP OF THIS YEAR’S MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE

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Eyewear Publishing is thrilled to announce the results of the Melita Hume Poetry Prize for this year (the prize has been running since 2012). This prestigious international prize recognises the best debut poetry collection from poets aged 35 and under from the UK and Ireland. Winner Jessica Mayhew’s entry Longship earns her £2,000 and a publishing deal with Eyewear and runner up Ellen Viola is awarded £200 for her collection, The Eel, plus an Eyewear publishing contract. Competition judge and award-winning poet Colette Sensier says, ‘I was lucky enough to discover many bright new voices on the Melita Hume shortlist...

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On World Poetry Day We Announce Our Sexton Prize Winners!

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It is World Poetry Day 21 March, and we take this opportunity to announce the winners of our Sexton Poetry Prize, for the best unpublished poetry collection by an American poet. The prize is now $1,500 USD, and also comes with publication by Eyewear, and distribution in the UK, Ireland and the USA. Our past winners were selected by Don Share and Kimiko Hahn, and in our third year, our judge has been just as distinguished - Pulitzer-winning critic, the poet Professor Lloyd Schwartz. This year our judge has decided to select joint winners, who are happy to accept the...

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Eyewear poet Jemma Borg Wins £5,000 Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry

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Evolutionary geneticist and poet Jemma Borg has won the 2018 Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry for her poem ‘Unripe’, which asks “How to be a tree without rain? How to climb a mountain if a mountain isn’t there?” The £5,000 prize, judged by poet Mimi Khalvati and Guardian gardening columnist Alys Fowler, aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness of the ecological imperatives of our time. The announcement at Poetry in Aldeburgh festival today comes just weeks after a landmark UN report on climate change warned we have only 12 years to limit climate catastrophe. Dr Borg's...

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