Melita Hume Prize 2018

The Melita Hume Poetry Prize

is an annual poetry publication award for an original, first full-length collection by a poet aged thirty-five or under, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of British or Irish citizenship, 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 winner will receive publication by Eyewear Publishing LTD and an honorarium of £2,000. 

Submissions are open NOW. The winner will be announced in early 2019.

The fee to submit to the prize is now FREE.

The final judge for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize is Malika Booker.



About The Judge


Malika Booker is an international writer whose work is steeped in anthropological research methodology and rooted in storytelling. Her writing spans poetry, theatre, monologue, installation, and education. Clients and organisations she has worked with include Arts Council England, BBC, British Council, Wellcome Trust, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Arvon, and Hampton Court Palace


• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page. The fee to submit is £15.

• Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 100 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work. 

• Individual poems in the submission may have been previously published online, in periodicals, or in chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must not have been previously published (self publishing constitutes prior publication).

• Submissions should be made without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page.


The Melita Hume Prize is open to poets who have not previously published—and are not under contract to publish—a full-length collection of poems. Writers under the age of 35, or 35 at time of entry, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of British or Irish citizenship, are eligible to submit.

Code of Ethics

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

• The Final Judge of The 2018 Melita Hume Poetry Prize is Malika BookerEmployees, family members, and current students of the final judge are not eligible to submit to The Melita Hume Prize.

• The prize honours Melita Hume, a book collector and compiler of poems and information about many authors.