The Poetry Business  2016/17 New Poets Prize

Judged by Andrew McMillan

A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive) 


Judge: Andrew McMillan

Deadline: last post on Wednesday 1st March 2017, or midnight on Wednesday 1st March 2017 for online entrants

Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more.

Entry: £8 


The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years.

Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine.  One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine.

Entry costs £8. Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online at




The Poetry Business gratefully acknowledges support from Arvon for the 2016/17 New Poets Prize. The first prize winner of the New Poets Prize and a runner up will each be offered a place on an Arvon residential course of their choice in 2017, subject to availability.

Since 1968 Arvon has been offering people time and space to write. It runs an annual programme of residential courses for schools, groups and individuals at three rural writing houses – in Devon, Shropshire and Yorkshire. Arvon’s five day courses cover a wide variety of genres, and include a mix of workshops and individual tutorials, led by professional writers. The courses provide writers with an intensive period of time to write, in a quiet, supportive and creative environment away from the usual day-to-day distractions.  




The Judges


Andrew McMillan was born in South Yorkshire in 1988. His debut collection Physical was the first ever poetry collection to win The Guardian First Book Award; it also won the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection prize, was shortlisted for The Dylan Thomas Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, The Roehampton Poetry Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and was long listed for the Polari First Book Prize. In 2014 he won a Northern Writers' Award and in 2016 both an Eric Gregory Award and a Somerset Maugham Award from the Society of Authors. He lectures in Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University and lives in Manchester. 


Ann and Peter Sansom are directors of the Poetry Business and editors of The North magazine and smith|doorstop books. Ann’s publications include Romance and In Praise of Men & Other People (Bloodaxe) and Peter’s include Writing Poems (Bloodaxe) and Selected Poems (Carcanet).


















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