The 2017/18 New Poets Prize 

Judged by Kayo Chingonyi


The 2017/18 New Poets Prize is now closed for entries. The winners will be announced in Spring 2018.


Deadline: last post on Thursday 1st March 2018, or midnight on Thursday 1st March 2018 for online entrants

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


The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize runs alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 32 years.

Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive a year of support and mentoring led by Peter and Ann Sansom of The Poetry Business. The four winners will receive guidance on submitting to magazines and other competitions, and advice on moving their writing to the next level and publication. All four winning collections will be published by The New Poets List, an imprint of The Poetry Business, in 2019.

Other prizes include publication in the North magazine and two winners will receive a place on an Arvon residential of their choice in 2018/19. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and a launch reading organized by The Poetry Business.


The Judges 


Kayo Chingonyi 

Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). Kayo has been invited to read from his work around the world and his poems have been translated into Spanish, German, and Swedish. He was awarded the 2012 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and served as Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, is published by Chatto & Windus.






Judge Kayo Chingonyi on what he will be looking for in the four winning collections...

I'm especially excited to see short collections that play with the possibilities of the form, that demonstrate a poet's attunment not only to the meanings of words but their textures and sounds, also. — Kayo Chingonyi


Ann & Peter Sansom 

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). 


The pamphlets I saw were of an incredibly high quality, and more than that, I felt I was reading poetry that needed to be written — poetry which was engaging with the politics of language, poetry which was engaging with what its like to be alive in 2017 and poetry which felt worked at...The future of poetry is in safe hands. — Andrew McMillan, 2016/17 New Poets Prize judge


Past winners: on winning...

Winning the New Poets Prize has opened a magic-box of opportunities: an Arvon course, publication, and wonderful editing sessions. But, most importantly, it has brought lots of Promising Things into sight for the future - whatever happens over the next few years, I know the Poetry Business will be there to support me. – Imogen Cassels - Winner of the 2015/16 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


Enter the 2017/18 New Poets Prize

To enter the New Poets Prize, first read the terms and conditions here. Entries can be submitted by post with an entry form, or online using the form here.




The Poetry Business gratefully acknowledges support from Arvon for the 2017/18 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 2019, 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.  

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