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Overton Poetry Prize

In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines.

The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form.  100 copies will be published, of which the winning poet will receive 50.  Please see links below for examples of previous winners.

Two runners-up will each receive £50 book tokens.

The Overton Poetry Prize 2018 will close on 20th December 2018, and the winner will be announced in February 2019.


Kerry Featherstone, Lecturer in Creative Writing

Carol Rowntree-Jones, Poet in Residence

(All entries will be anonymised before being read by the judges)

How to enter

Entries and payment of fee (£12 per sequence of poetry) can be made online.

Hard copy entries must be accompanied by a cheque to: Loughborough University, FAO: Grace Lewis, LU Arts, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU by 20th December 2018.

Much of Bill’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University. Students from the School can study Creative Writing modules at BA level, and undertake an MA and PhD in Creative Writing. We hope that this poetry prize, set up in Bill’s memory, will contribute to the creative life of the School of the Arts, English and Drama and the experience of our students.

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