Closing date: 31 October 2020
Judge: John McCullough
First prize: £100 and a signed copy of John McCullough’s poetry collection Reckless Paper Birds.
Runner up: £50 and a signed copy of John McCullough’s poetry collection Reckless Paper Birds.
Entry Fee: £6 for one poem, £10 for two (see below).
The competition is open-themed, maximum 40 lines.
Click here for full rules and how to enter.
John McCullough lives in Hove. His first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs (Salt), won the Polari First Book Prize in 2012 and was a Book of the Year for The Independent. This was followed by Spacecraft (Penned in the Margins, 2016) which was a summer read in The Guardian and shortlisted for the Ledbury-Forte prize. His latest book of poems, Reckless Paper Birds (Penned in the Margins, 2019) was recently shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award. The judges said “This collection – hilarious, harrowing and hyper-modern – offers a startlingly fresh insight into vulnerability and suffering.”