Sunday, 23 August 2015

30th Year of Frogmore Poetry Prize


Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

In 2016 the Frogmore Prize will be awarded for the 30th consecutive year, and we are delighted that Catherine Smith has agreed to adjudicate. Catherine will read all entries for the Prize with a view to selecting the winner of the 2016 Prize, who will join a distinguished list that includes Sharon Black, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci and Lesley Saunders. Four poets have achieved the extraordinary in winning the Prize on more than one occasion. They are Caroline Price (three times), and John Latham, Emily Wills and Howard Wright (twice each).

All shortlisted poems will be published in the September 2016 issue of The Frogmore Papers (number 88) and on the Frogmore Press website. The entry fee remains unchanged at £3.00 per poem, and the Prize fund totals 375 guineas.

This year’s Prize-winning poem by Sarah Barr and the other shortlisted poems will all appear in number 86 of The Frogmore Papers next month.

Submission details:

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Previous winners of the Prize have been David Satherley, Caroline Price, Bill Headdon, John Latham, Diane Brown, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci, Gina Wilson, Ross Cogan, Joan Benner, Ann Alexander, Gerald Watts, Katy Darby, David Angel, Howard Wright, Julie-ann Rowell, Arlene Ang, Peter Marshall, Gill Andrews, A K S Shaw, Sharon Black, Emily Wills, Lesley Saunders and Sarah Barr.

Adjudicator:  Catherine Smith will read all poems submitted for the 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize. She is the author of three full collections of poetry: The Butcher’s Hands (2003), Lip (2007) and Otherwhere (2012), all published by Smith Doorstop. The Butcher’s Hands won the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize for Best First Collection, and Lip was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Frogmore Press published The New Cockaigne, a ‘rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess’ in 2014.

Conditions of Entry

1     Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication.
2     Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.
3     Any number of poems may be entered on payment of the appropriate fee of £3 per poem.   Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
4     The following methods of payment are acceptable: cheque drawn on UK bank; British postal order; sterling.  
5     Each poem should be on a separate sheet, which should not include the name of the author.
6     The author’s name and address should be provided on an accompanying sheet of paper.
7     The winner, runners-up and shortlisted poets will be notified by post. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 88 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2016), which will be available at £5.00 from the address below, and on the Frogmore Press website.          
8     To receive a copy of the results, please enclose an s.a.e. marked ‘Results’.
9     Poems cannot be returned.
10   Closing date for submissions: 31 May 2016.
11   Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Frogmore Press reserves the right to publish all shortlisted poems.
12   The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.
13   Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

14   The submission of poems for the Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.