Mark National Poetry Day by entering Ruskin Prize competition

Poets across London are being encouraged to mark National Poetry Day on Thursday 2 October by starting work on a new poem to enter for the inaugural Ruskin Prize which has been launched by the University of Roehampton’s Poetry Centre.

Posted: 1 October 2014

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Laura Peters, Head of English and Creative Writing, Professors David Harsent and Fiona Sampson, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey, at the launch of the University's Poetry Centre

Three prizes worth a total of £600 are on offer, and the first, second and third placed pieces will appear in Poem magazine, edited by eminent poet and critic Professor Fiona Sampson from the University. David Harsent, Professor of Creative Writing at Roehampton, will judge the submissions.

The works, which must be new, unpublished and not submitted for any other competitions, can be on any subject but must be no longer than 40 lines.

Professor Sampson said: “We want to discover three outstanding works and celebrate them by sharing them with Poem magazine’s international readership. We have not chosen a topic for this inaugural competition: instead, we welcome writing in every style and on any topic. National Poetry Day today is the ideal reason to begin the creative process and we look forward to receiving some wonderful submissions and finding exciting new works, whether by new or established writers.”

The prize has been named after John Ruskin, a Victorian philanthropist, political economist and great supporter of the University’s Whitelands College, who was an early proponent of education for young women.

Lyric, free verse, formal rhyming or urban poetry submissions are all welcome from first time writers, students and established authors, but must be received by the University before Saturday 1 November. Submissions can be made by searching for Ruskin Prize at the University's estores page. Initial entries cost £5, with subsequent poems at £3 each. Winners will be announced at an event hosted by the University of Roehampton at a London venue in December.

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