The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets in the U.K. and Ireland. The top fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets in 2018. This year's anthology will be guest-edited by Maggie Smith.
Eligibility: 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, are eligible to submit work for consideration if they have not yet published (and are not currently under contract to publish) a full-length collection of poetry. Poets who have published pamphlets are eligible to compete. Submissions are open from 2 April to end of December, 2017..
Guidelines: submit three original poems in the English language for consideration. Poems may have appeared in print periodicals, journals, or magazines, but not in online venues. Your cover letter should include a brief biographical note with your contact details. Do not include your name on your poems; the final judge will consider the submitted work anonymously.
About this year's judge: American poet Maggie Smith is the author of Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award; and three prizewinning chapbooks. 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.