To mark the fortieth year of one the world’s landmark poetry prizes, we hear from four past and present winners, including Philip Gross, who won first prize in 1982, Dom Bury, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Competition, Yvonne Reddick, commended in the 2017 competition and winner of the prize’s inaugural Peggy Poole Award, and Liz Berry, commended in 2011 for ‘Birmingham Roller’.
The National Poetry Competition is one of the biggest and brightest prizes for a single unpublished poem. Over the past 40 years, winning the competition has launched the careers of many of today’s best-loved poets, including Ruth Padel, Tony Harrison, Sinéad Morrisey and UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. There’s a first prize of £5000 – with all entries read by the judges and each poem judged anonymously, a spot in the illustrious top ten is anyone’s to win. The 2018 competition closes on 31 October: enter your best work at npc.poetrysociety.org.uk
This event is part of Poetry in Aldeburgh. For the full festival programme, visit https://www.poetryinaldeburgh.org.