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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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SHORTLIST FOR THE 2018 INTERNATIONAL BEVERLY PRIZE!

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The world has few pan-genre manuscript contests for unpublished work, and the International Beverly Prize is one of them. Last year's winner was British poet David Hale, and the year before, Sohini Basak, a poet from India. The year of the prize is dated from the submission period, not year of publication. Here is this year's iteration of 11 outstanding shortlisted authors - who will win? Final Judge Niall Bourke will decide soon! Stephen Haven won the 2011 New American Prize for his poetry collection, The Last Sacred Place in North America. He has two previous collections of poems, Dust...

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HONG KONG REVIEW OF BOOKS REVIEWS BEDS IN THE EAST!

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Good news - Beds In The East, by Eyewear poet Jason Eng Hun Lee, has received a thoughtful review in the Hong Kong Review of Books online here. Lee is launching his book in London on August 7th, 2019, with a great line-up of guest poets - see the FB event page here for more details.

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Eyewear Author's Song Featured In Stranger Things!

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It's hard to think of a more-loved TV show this summer than the third season of Stranger Things (no spoilers). So, we're thrilled that one of our very own authors has had a song he recorded in the 1980s, with his popular new wave Arizona band Gentlemen AfterDark, 'Open The Door', featured in Episode 1, first aired July 4, 2019. The author's name is Brian Jabas Smith, and his brilliant recent book is a powerful series of life writing stories, exploring the broken and underground lives of Americans just getting by in the Arizona we know from Breaking Bad... it's...

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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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