The Inaugural 2015/16 Poetry Business New Poets Prize

And the Yorkshire New Poets Prize

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


Entry to the 2015/16 New Poets Prize is now closed. The winners will be announced in Spring 2016. 


Judge: Helen Mort

Deadline: last post on Friday 29th January 2016, or midnight on Sunday 31st January 2016 (online)

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 


This year the Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition introduces a New Poets Prize for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This new category will run alongside the main Competition, now established for 30 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, and two winners will receive a place on an Arvon residential of their choice in 2016. 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 See the terms and conditions in this flyer for full details.



The Poetry Business gratefully acknowledges support from Arvon for the Inaugural 2015/16 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 2016.

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. The five day courses cover a wider variety of genres, and include a powerful mix of workshops, individual tutorials with highly respected authors and time and space to write.


The Yorkshire New Poets Prize

The best single poem from a collection submitted by entrants with a Yorkshire post code will be entered into the Yorkshire New Poets Prize category for the chance to win £50 and publication in The North and on the Poetry Business website.




The Judges

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. Her first collection ‘Division Street’ was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize and, in 2014, won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. She is the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at The University of Leeds.


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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