THE MELITA HUME POETRY PRIZE is an award of £1,000 and a publishing deal with Eyewear Publishing Ltd., for the best first full collection of a young poet writing in the English language, 35 YEARS OR UNDER. The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging writers during difficult economic times. This is open to any one of the requisite age, of any nationality, resident in the United Kingdom and Ireland.  It is free to enter.
Last year’s winner is Caleb Klaces, selected by judge Tim Dooley.

2013 competition
The Judge in 2013 is Jon Stone, poet, editor and publisher, born in 1983. He was commended in the 2011 National Poetry Competition and won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2012. A full length collection, School of Forgery, was published by Salt in the same year and was a Poetry Book Society Summer Recommendation.  His poetry has also been included in numerous anthologies, including The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt, 2011), and Adventures in Form (Penned in the Margins, 2012).

Jon Stone who will select the best collection from the shortlist, which will be no more than ten, and no fewer than six poets.  Jon Stone said about the Melita Hume Prize: “The recognition and nurturing of emerging talent is a vital service to our culture, but publishing new poets is always a risky venture, even for the mainstream presses. Both the generosity and wisdom, therefore, of a prize that offers both money and a first book deal cannot be understated.”

The 2013 competition is now open, and closes at 5pm on Monday 13 May 2013.  The prize is free to enter, and submissions will be accepted from anyone of the requisite age, of any nationality; the poet must be resident in the United Kingdom or Ireland.  Manuscripts must be between 50 -100 pages and work must be previously unpublished in full book form.
The 2013 shortlist will be announced in July 2013 and the winner will be announced in September 2013.  The winning collection will be published in Spring 2014.
For entrance details see below:

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