Brotherton Poetry Prize

The Brotherton Poetry Prize 2020/21 is now open for entries.

The Brotherton Poetry Prize celebrates and promotes poetry and supports new poets. The prize is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t yet published a full collection of poems (a chapbook or pamphlet does not count as a full collection). Entries to the competition should include no more than 200 lines of poetry in up to five individual poems.

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

Four runners-up will each receive £200.

The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by Carcanet Press. All entrants who provide a UK postal address will receive a copy of the anthology on publication. The shortlisted poets might be invited to take part in a series of readings and events held by the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

All shortlisted poets will receive travel expenses up to £150 to cover expenses associated with the competition announcement. Expenses for UK-based poets associated with events may be reimbursed.

The Brotherton Poetry Prize is generously supported by the Charles Brotherton Trust.

How to enter

Read the rules below, email your entry and pay the entry fee of £10.

Please include the following in your email:

  • full name
  • email address (please use the same email address for the online payment)
  • full postal address (entrants with a UK address will, if you wish to, receive a copy of the final anthology)
  • attach your poems in one Word or PDF file – please make this anonymous and do not put your name in the document.

All receipts go towards support for the prizewinner and short-listed poets.

The closing date is midnight (UK time) on 22 February 2021.

Contact us about the poetry prize using: Brothertonpoetryprize@leeds.ac.uk.
We cannot enter into correspondence about your poems or the judges’ decisions.