- Shortest turnaround just 5 wks from deadline (21st Oct) to contacting winners (25th Nov), tying up those valuable poems for the shortest time possible
- Every poem is read by both our distinguished judges Deryn Rees-Jones and George Szirtes, no sifters, no shortlisters .
- Prizes not just the £2,500 top prize but twenty-two more prizes plus Troubadour season tickets
- Prize reading the chance to read your prize-winning poem at the Troubadour alongside George and Deryn and fellow prize-winners at our December prize-celebration
- Going forward the top three poems are forwarded to 'the Forward': C.J. Allen, our 2012 3rd-prize-winner, is now on the five-poet shortlist for 2013 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem
Enter by e-mail or post, full details below and on website
Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2013
Sponsored by Cegin Productions
(see our Poems page for 2007-2012 prizewinners and prizewinning poems)
Judged by Deryn Rees-Jones and George Szirtes with both judges reading all poems
- 1st £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250
- plus 20 prizes of £20 each
- plus a spring 2014 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
- plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with Deryn Rees-Jones and George Szirtes on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 for all prize-winning poets
Submissions, via e-mail or post, by Mon 21st Oct 2013
George Szirtes (b. Budapest) came to England as a refugee aged 8: since his work first appeared in Faber's Poetry Introductions in 1978, he has published over a dozen poetry collections, plus selected poems, new and collected poems, essays, art criticism, selected prose, libretti, poems for children, and public lectures (in Fortinbras at the Fishhouses, Bloodaxe, 2010); has edited anthologies and has translated poetry, drama and fiction. His latest collection is The Burning of the Books and Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009). Among numerous prizes he has been awarded the Gold Star of the Hungarian Republic, and the TS Eliot Prize for Reel (2005).
Deryn Rees-Jones (b. Liverpool) spent much of her childhood in North Wales and now lectures at Liverpool University. She published her first collection, The Memory Tray, in 1994, followed by Signs Round a Dead Body (1999) and Quiver: A Murder Mystery (2004). Co-founder of LUPAS, a network which aims to bring together scientists and poets for creative collaboration, her critical study Consorting with Angels: Essays on Modern Women Poets was published by Bloodaxe in 2005. Chosen as a PBS Next Generation poet in 2004, she has won an Eric Gregory Award and her latest collection,Burying the Wren (Seren) was shortlisted for the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize.
Both judges will read all poems submitted.
General: Entry implies acceptance of all rules; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification; submissions accepted by post or e-mail from poets of any nationality, from any country, aged over 18 years; no poet may win more than one prize; judges decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.
Poems: Poems must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title and poem only, must not show poets name or any other identifying marks on submitted poems (whether submitted by post or as e-mail attachment), must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) and must not have been previously broadcast or published (in print or online); prize-winning poems may be published (in print or online) by Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and may not be published elsewhere for one year after Monday 21st October 2013 without permission; no limit on number of poems submitted; no alterations accepted after submission.
Fees: All entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5/6/$8 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); entries only included when payment received via
PayPal: (visit www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes/ PayPal account not required, no additional details required, please note your PayPal Receipt No.)
Cheque/Money-Order: payable to Coffee-House Poetry
NB: include PayPal name or cheque signatory name in e-mail or postal submission details, only if different
By Post: No entry form required; two copies required of each poem submitted; please include the following details on a separate page
Poets Name and Address, Phone No, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, and EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR cheque/money-order/postal-payment enclosed; no staples; no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.
By E-mail: No entry form required; poems must be e-mailed to CoffPoetry@aol.com as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); please include the following details in your e-mail message
Poets Name and Address, Phone No, List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, and EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR cheque/money-order/postal-payment to arrive by post within 7 days; no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post.
All postal entries, and any cheque/money-order/postal-payments for e-mail entries, to arrive at Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP postmarked on or before Mon 21st Oct 2013. Prize-winners only will be contacted individually by Mon 25th Nov 2013. Prize-giving will take place on Mon 2nd Dec 2013 at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in Earls Court, London.
E-mail entries acknowledged within 14 days of receipt of both entry and payment; postal entrants may include stamped, addressed postcard or envelope marked 'Acknowledgement' and/or stamped, addressed envelope marked 'Results' if required; results will be sent to all e-mail entrants (and posted on website and mailed to all postal entrants who included a 'Results' envelope) after announcement of results on Mon 2nd Dec 2013; no correspondence will be entered into.