We are pleased to announce the reinstated short poem category, supported by the Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation.

Open Poetry Competition 2017
&
The Ronald Duncan
Short Poem Competition 2017

1st prize £1000 in each category
2nd prize £500 in each category
3rd prize £250 in each category
            
Entry fee for both categories £5 per poem

Judge: Michael Symmons Roberts

Michael Symmons Roberts



Michael was born in 1963 in Preston, Lancashire, UK.

His poetry has won the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize. He has received major awards from the Arts Council and the Society of Authors. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and of the English Association.

His continuing collaboration with composer James MacMillan has led to two BBC Proms choral commissions, song cycles, music theatre works and operas for the Royal Opera House,  Scottish Opera, Boston Lyric Opera and Welsh National Opera. Their WNO commission – ‘The Sacrifice’ – won the RPS Award for opera, and their Royal Opera House / Scottish Opera commission - 'Clemency' - was nominated for an Olivier Award.

His broadcast work includes ‘A Fearful Symmetry’ - for Radio 4 - which won the Sandford St Martin Prize, and ‘Last Words’ commissioned by Radio 4 to mark the first anniversary of 9/11.

He has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. A new book of poems, “Mancunia”, is coming out in August from Cape.