The Spelt Nature Poetry Competition

  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 31/07/2024
  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 31/07/2024

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1st Prize: £300

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize £100

Opening date: 23rd April 2024

Closing date: Midnight UK time, 31st July 2024

Entry Fee: £12 for up to 3 poems

This competition is for poems that embrace our mission to ‘celebrate and validate the rural experience’. This is wide open to interpretation.

The Spelt Nature Poetry Competition is now open for entries. This year we are delighted to welcome Gregory Leadbetter to be our competition judge.

Gregory Leadbetter’s books and pamphlets of poetry include Caliban (Dare-Gale Press, 2023), a New Statesman Book of the Year 2023; Balanuve, with photographs by Phil Thomson (Broken Sleep, 2021); Maskwork (Nine Arches Press, 2020), longlisted for the Laurel Prize 2021; The Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016), and The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). Recent work for the BBC includes the extended poem Metal City (Radio 3, 2023). A song-cycle featuring poems from The Fetch by the composer and pianist Eric McElroy has been performed internationally, and a recording with the tenor James Gilchrist was released in 2023. As a critic he publishes widely on the history and practice of poetry, and his book Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination was awarded the University English Book Prize 2012. He is Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University.

Please follow the guidelines below.

Guidelines

  • The competition is open to poets from anywhere in the world.
  • Poems must be the entrant’s own work and not previously published anywhere, either in print or online, including on personal blogs and social media pages.
  • All poems must be in English.
  • Poems must not be the work of AI
  • All poems must be typed; no handwritten entries will be accepted.
  • All poems must be forty lines or less. This does not include titles.
  • Entry is online only and must be sent as a word document attachment, with each poem on a separate page of that attachment.
  • All poems within the entry must be sent at the same time.
  • Each poem should have a title.
  • The name of the attached file should be the title of the first poem in the attached document.
  • You may enter up to three poems per £12 entry fee.
  • You may enter the competition as many times as you wish, as long as the £12 entry fee is paid each time.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Work will not be returned. Please ensure you keep a copy.
  • We are unable to give feedback.
  • Simultaneous submissions are NOT accepted. All poems in an entry will be disqualified if found to be sent in a simultaneous submission.
  • All entries will be notified of the result by 1st September 2024, winners will be announced publicly through this website and on social media soon after.
  • The entry fee is £12 for up to three poems.
  • Closing date for this competition is midnight, UK time, on 31st July 2024

Concessions

Spelt is run on a shoestring. The fees for the competition cover the judge’s fees and prize winnings. That being said, we are committed to providing accessibility as far as we can and are therefore able to offer three free places for writers in financial difficulty. We will not ask you to prove this, just drop us a line at speltmagazine@gmail.com and let us know that you would like one of the free places.

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How to Enter

  1. Use the payment button here to pay for your entry
  2. Attach your poems in one word document, with each poem on a new page, making sure your name is nowhere on the document.
  3. Email your entry to speltmagazine@gmail.com COMPETITION in the subject line.
  4. Include in the body of the email: your name, address, PayPal email address, title/s of your poem/s.

One Entry of up to 3 poems into the Spelt Poetry Competition 2024

One entry of up to three poems to the Spelt Nature Poetry Competition 2024.

£12.00

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