Cathedral launches global poetry contest

By Will Astbury

MANCHESTER Cathedral has called on poets to send in entries for its annual International Religious Poetry Competition.

The contest, which is now in its 12th year, encourages writers to submit broadly religious spiritual poetry which appeals to everybody, from every race, whether they are religious or not.

In 2009 more than 370 people submitted over 920 poems to be judged in the competition. The standard was high and entries arrived from all over the world.

Vona Groarke, a lecturer a University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, will be judging this years contest and each entry will be judged anonymously and solely on its poetic merits.

The winner will receive £400 and the title of The Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year 2010. Second prize will also wins £200 and third place gets the tidy sum of £100.

The competition is open to everyone and competitors may submit as many poems as they wish. Each author will have to pay £4 to submit their first poem and all entries after that cost £2.50. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 30 June 2010.

The results of the competition will be announced on National Poetry Day, 9 October 2010.  The prize-winning poem will be printed in the cathedral’s newsletter for November 2010 and, along with the runners-up, in the Competition Booklet.

The winning poems will be read and prizes presented at a special event at the cathedral on 21 October 2010 as part of the Manchester Literature Festival.

Any profits from the competition will go towards the cathedral’s Booth Drop-In Centre for the Homeless.

You have to fill in an entry form to enter the competition. If you would like a copy of an entry form email competition organiser Canon Albert Radcliffe at albert.radcliffe@dsl.pipex.com or Manchester Mouth at will.astbury@manchestermouth.co.uk.

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