For poets aged 25 or less
New Voices offers poets aged no more than 25 or younger an award of publication of the winning poet’s first poetry collection, as a pamphlet book. The award includes 50 free copies, publication of poems in wildfire words, and headline poet status in an international online Zoom book launch.
Also, the winners of a New Voices First Pamphlet Award are invited to act as professional triage judges of the next year’s competition. So 2021 award winners Imogen Osborne and Natalie Perman will read every entry for the 2022 contest. The identity of this year’s prestigious lead judge will be announced shortly.
Rules for New Voices competition 2022
Closing date: 28 February 2022
The prize book will be published as a 32-page pamphlet, which will contain up to 28 pages of poetry. Entries for the competition should be as a single file containing up to 10 poems that showcase the poet’s work.
- The contest is open to all poets who are aged 25 or less on 28 February 2022, except poets who act as managers or volunteers in Cheltenham Poetry Festival or Wildfire Words/Frosted Fire. The winner must not have had a pamphlet or collection published by an independent publisher, or contracted for publication before or on 28 February 2022.
- All poems must be entirely the entrant’s own work. Individual poems in an entry may have been published online, in journals or magazines, or multi-author anthologies, provided the writer retains copyright.
- International entrants are welcome.
- Your entry should contain up to 10 poems of no more than 60 lines each. Each poem should start on a new page and be in 12 pt Calibri type. (Winners will be invited to submit enough poems for a 32-page pamphlet.)
- You may submit up to three entries, each of 10 poems, provided an entry fee is paid for each.
- Your entry’s title should appear on a separate first page. The title may relate to a key poem or suggest the collection’s theme if it has one.
- To maintain anonymous judging, there must be no identifying marks on any poem or title page. Your entry must not contain any poem that might be recognized by one of the judges through workshops, mentoring, or public readings.
- Each entry should be in one file in Word, Rich Text format, or PDF.
- Do not put any identification on the work. The competition administrator will match your entry title to your email address after the anonymous judging is complete.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but an entry must be withdrawn in the event of it winning a prize or publication elsewhere.. Entry fees are not refundable once an entry has been received.
- Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
- We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judges’ decisions are final.
- Results will be emailed by 18 April 2022 to all who entered, and published on this website shortly afterwards.
- The fee is £10 per entry. This is an Early Bard discounted price which applies to all entries sent by 31 January 2022, when the price will rise to £12.
- Entries must be paid for on the entry form, and your entry file uploaded, by the closing time of 11.59 pm on 28 February 2022.
Entries open 18 October 2021
The entry form records your details, allows you to upload your entry or entries, then collects your entry fee(s). Payments, by credit or debit card, will all be processed by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by card, but if you have PayPal you can pay from your account.