Call for best poetry books as judges revealed for Roehampton Prize

The three judges for the Roehampton Poetry Centre’s annual Roehampton Prize have been announced, as the Centre’s Director issues a call to publishers to submit poetry collections for this prestigious book of the year award.

Posted: 4 March 2015

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Professor Fiona Sampson, Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre, is calling for publishers to submit books for the prizePicture: Mark Bassett

Poets Ian McMillan and Professor John Burnside will form the judging panel, which will be chaired by Professor Fiona Sampson, Director of the Poetry Centre, which is based at the University of Roehampton.

Publishers of UK based authors from any nationality are being invited to submit their work, for the chance of winning a £5,000 award. Hundreds of books are expected, with a shortlist being announced in May, and the winner a month later.

Professor Sampson, herself a poet, said: “We are seeking to uncover the very best new work of poetry which exists in the UK this year. Winning the Roehampton Prize will bring significant credibility to the winner and their editors, so we are now calling for works published after April last year to be submitted.

"We certainly hope the reading and judging process will be a tense affair as we will have a high standard to choose from – there have been a number of books arriving on the shelves this year which I already feel could be worthy winners."

The launch of the 2015 Roehampton Prize by the University follows the announcement of the winner of the centre’s other award – the Ruskin Prize in January. The prize, named after 19th century philanthropist and benefactor John Ruskin was given to Fife-based writer Claudia Daventry. Claudia displayed a 'rich and rare narrative landscape' for her 14-line work, The Oligarch Loses His Patience, according to judge Professor David Harsent, who recently won the 2015 TS Eliot Prize and is chair of the Roehampton Poetry Centre.

The Roehampton Poetry Centre, within the Department of English and Creative Writing, offers prizes, readings, masterclasses, research and exchange opportunities with significant figures in the poetry world.

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