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29 Feb 2016

Poetry competition - a chance to have your work published

Poets have until 30 April to submit an entry to the School’s prestigious annual Overton Poetry Prize for a chance to have their work published.

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.

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.

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

Hard copy entries must be accompanied by a cheque to: Overton Poetry Prize, FAO: Roxy Winterborne, NN008, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU by Saturday 30th April 2016.

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