The Plough Prize 2016 Open Poetry Competition

Judge: Philip Gross

Philip Gross is a poet, a playwright, librettist and writer for children. He won the T.S.Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. Recent collections Deep Field and Later dealt with his Estonian refugee father’s final years and loss of language.

Philip leads the MPhil/PhD in Writing programme at the University of South Wales, where he is Professor of Creative  Writing. His latest collaboration across artforms, with artist Valerie Coffin Price: A Fold In The River, appeared in 2015, as did a new collection, Love Songs of Carbon.


1st prize £1,000

2nd prize £500

3rd prize £250


Opening 1 July 2016

Closing 31 January 2017

Entry fee: £5 per poem