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22 Dec 2015

Overton Poetry Prize now open

Poets are invited to submit an entry to the School’s prestigious annual Overton Poetry Prize.

Established in memory of Professor Bill Overton, a world-respected English scholar and a former head of department at Loughborough University, the competition is now in its third year.

Entrants are asked to submit a sequence of poetry of up to 300 lines on a subject of their choice. The winning sequence will be published by Lamplight Press, based at Loughborough University, and launched at an official event. Two runners-up will each receive a £50 book voucher.

The competition will be judged by Helen Calcutt, the School’s current poet in residence, and Dr Kerry Featherstone, a creative writing lecturer in the School. Helen’s first collection of poetry, Sudden rainfall (2013), was listed for the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice Award. Her second collection, Siren, is due to be published next year. Dr Featherstone has been published in a range of poetry journals and has judged several poetry and fiction competitions.

Dr Featherstone said: “Colleagues and students alike had enormous respect and affection for Bill. He loved and understood poetry, and helped so many people to share his passion over more than three decades of teaching. It’s only fitting that this competition is named after him.”

The competition fees will go towards funding an early-career poet in residence at the University. In this way, the prize recognises a brilliant sequence of poems, gives an opportunity to a poet to undertake a residency, and gives our students the chance to work with an inspiring mentor.

Entry to the competition is £12 per sequence of poems and the deadline is 30 April 2016. To enter, and for full terms and competition, please see the Overton Poetry Prize webpage