Closing Date: October 31, 2012
We always make an effort to notify winners within 30 days of closing date.
1st Prize – £500, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
2nd Prize – £250, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
3rd Prize – £125, publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
Shortlisted – publication in 2012 print anthology, 1 free copy
Honourable Mentions – offer to publish in the quarterly ejournal Spilling Ink Review
We accept GBP (£), EURO (€) or USD ($)
1 entry £5 / 3 entries £10
1 entry €8 / 3 entries €16
1 entry $10 / 3 entries $20
Guest Judge: Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL was born in Mexico and studied at the universities of Harvard and Oxford before settling in England. Michael is Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow, where he is also convenor of the Creative Writing M Litt Programme. He is a founder and the Editorial and Managing Director of Carcanet Press and founder and general Editor of PN Review. PN Review has been described as “undoubtedly the most intellectually rigorous publication of its type in the UK.” He has published several collections of poems, two novels, a number of anthologies and volumes of literary history, and two books of translations. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he received an O.B.E. in 2006 for services to poetry.
40 line max (no min).
There is no theme. All forms (structured and unstructured) and all genres welcome.
Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please let us know as soon as possible if your entry has been accepted elsewhere or won/placed in another writing competition. Entry fees will not be refunded in this case.
Entries may be submitted via email or post. Entries submitted via email must be attached in the form of a Word (doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). Entries submitted via post must be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Entries sent via post will not be returned (please don’t send your only copy).
Please be kind when formatting and adhere to general rules of courtesy (i.e. 12pt standard font, double-spaced, pages numbered).
Your name, email address or any other distinguishing names should not appear in the body of your poem. For example, please don’t put your name and email address in the header or footer. It is fine to include the title of your submission.
Submissions must be entrant’s own original work and must be previously unpublished (if your work has appeared in an online workshop or a member’s only writer’s chat – etc – it is eligible for this competition).
International submissions are welcomed but all entries must be written in English.
As a condition of submitting, the author must hold the copyright of the entry. If the entry is successful Unbound Press will have one time publicatiopn rights. Copyright remains with the author.
Entries will be judged anonymously and all decisions are final.
How to Enter
You have two options: Online and Postal
You may submit your entry(ies) via email and pay the entry fee(s) online via PayPal. You do NOT need a PayPal account to use this option. Click the appropriate button below and you’ll be re-directed to a secure PayPal shopping cart. Please notice that you have the option to pay online in GBP (£), EURO (€) and USD ($). If you wish to enter more than one submission you will be given the opportunity to change the quantity on the PayPal shopping cart.
If you do not wish to pay online you may still submit your entry via email and send a cheque via the post. We can only accept cheques for GBP £ from a UK bank. Please make cheques payable to ‘Unbound Press’ and post to: Unbound Press, PO Box 16864, Glasgow, Scotland G11 9DJ.
Once you have a receipt/transaction number submit your entry via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to cut and paste your PayPal receipt/transaction number into the body of the email (or let me know that payment has been sent via post)
State the competition category in the subject line of your email
In the body of the email please include the following:
Title of Entry and Word Count
PayPal Receipt/Transaction Number
Don’t forget to attach your poem! Atachments must be in the form of a Word(doc) or Rich Text Format (rtf). It would also help if the document name is the title of your poem. If you are submitting more than one entry, it is perfectly acceptable to send them in one email.
Entries submitted via post should be printed on standard-size paper and double-spaced. Please adhere to common formatting (such as 12pt font, Times New Roman – or similar standard font – double-spaced). We do not reject entries based on varied formatting but we do appreciate standard style.
Entries sent via email will not be returned. Please do not send your only copy.
If you do not have an email address or you wish to receive hard-copy confirmation that we received your entry, please include a SASE or postcard.
Postal submissions should be accompanied by a cheque from a UK bank made out to ‘Unbound Press’. We can only accept cheques in GBP (£).
Postal submissions should be accompanied by a coversheet stating the following:
Title of Entry and Word Count
Email address (if available)
If you are more comfortable using a Competition Entry Form, please feel free to click the button below, print and submit with your postal entry.http://unboundpress.files.wordpress.c ... ompetition-entry-form.pdf
Announcement of Winners
Winners and runners-up will be notified by email after the closing date and results posted on the Unbound Press website.http://unboundpress.com/http://unboundpress.com/competitions/ ... bound-press-poetry-award/
Click on the link above and go to the contest official site