Oct 1, 2018

Now Open – Our 2019 New Poets Prize

The Poetry Business is delighted to announce that the 4th New Poets Prize is now open for entry, this year judged by Mary Jean Chan.


The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize is run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organised by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 33 years.


Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive a year of support and mentoring led by Ann and Peter Sansom of The Poetry Business: a publisher and writer development agency with a strong reputation for discovering, developing and publishing outstanding new poets. They will also have their winning collection published under The New Poets List, our imprint dedicated to discovering, mentoring, and publishing young and emerging poets.


The Judge


Mary Jean Chan is a poet, editor and academic from Hong Kong. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, and came Second in the 2017 National Poetry Competition. Her debut pamphlet, A Hurry of English, is published by ignitionpress, and was recently selected as the 2018 Poetry Book Society Summer Pamphlet Choice. She is a Ledbury Poetry Critic and an editor of Oxford Poetry. Her debut collection will be published by Faber & Faber in July 2019. Mary Jean is a Lecturer in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Oxford Brookes University, and currently lives in London.


Previous Winners On Winning


Winning the New Poets prize has been such a great thing for me. As well as the obvious benefits - pamphlet publication, the brilliant prize of an Arvon course - I feel like it has really opened the door to the next stage of my development as a writer, and I'm excited to see where, with the support of the Poetry Business, it will take me.


– Lizzi Hawkins – Winner of the 2016/17 New Poets Prize

The New Poets Prize came at the right time for me - providing me a critical opportunity to think about how my poems could fit together in a pamphlet, and also giving me the opportunity to receive much-needed feedback from some of the best poetry teachers in the country - both essential processes for any young poet.


– Theophilus Kwek – Winner of the 2015/16 New Poets Prize


To see more about the competition, and to enter, please click here.


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