Praise For Us


On The Poetry Business:

'One of the most vital and vitalising literature organisations in the country' — Andrew Motion  


'It's hard to imagine what British contemporary would look like, or what would happen to it, without the Poetry Business. It's an organisation with over 25 years of experience behind it, and has left its mark in countless ways - with books, pamphlets, anthologies, prizes, workshops, residential courses and a magazine. Its publications are rigorously edited and beautifully produced. It's firmly rooted, in the north of England, but international in reach. And it's run with energy, imagination and commitment. Peter and Ann Sansom deserve a place on the Honours List.' — Blake Morrison



On Smith|Doorstop:

'A small but enterprising publisher talent-spotting marvellous new poets' — The Independent 


'Smith/Doorstop have been quietly pushing new or developing talent for years now' — The Guardian


'Smith|Doorstop pamphlets are always a joy to handle and read' — Hilary Menos

'A byword for excellence' Alan Jenkins

On The North magazine:

'Excellent' — Carol Ann Duffy, The Guardian



On the Book & Pamphlet Competition:

'One of the career milestones for very many poets of note has been winning the prestigious Poetry Business competition.' — Anne-Marie Fyfe 

'Each and every year The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition discovers and publishes exciting and substantial new poets. Certainly, when we’re programming readings and events to showcase ‘emerging talent’ at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, we often start with those elegant, unfussy, single-colour pamphlets where good new poems are always to be found and enjoyed. ... There’s no doubt that this is a career-changing poetry competition. If you’ve got a solid body of work that you’re pleased to have written, there’s nowhere better to send it.' — The Poetry Trust 



On the Poetry Business teaching:

'The best writing tutors in the world' — The Guardian

'Ann and Peter Sansom are incomparably experienced and inspirational tutors with a brilliant repertoire of exercises' — The Poetry Trust



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