The Brotherton Poetry Prize

The Brotherton Poetry Prize is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t yet published a full collection of poems. The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200.

The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by Carcanet Press. All entrants who provide a UK postal address will receive a copy of the anthology on publication. The shortlisted poets will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events held at the University of Leeds and in other venues in Yorkshire.

All shortlisted poets will receive travel expenses up to £150 to cover expenses associated with the competition announcement. Expenses for UK-based poets associated with events may be reimbursed.


Midnight (UK time) on 4 March 2019.

Shortlisted poets will be notified by early April 2019 and invited to an award ceremony in May 2019. Shortlisted poets will be required to provide a biography and photograph. Travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a limit of £150.

All entrants who provide a valid email address will be notified about the outcome of their entry by mid April 2019.



  • All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
  • All the poems in each entry must be submitted together in a single word document or pdf file.
  • Each of the poems must have a title. The entry should not exceed 200 lines in total (excluding titles). Entries can be on any subject.
  • Poems must be the sole and original work of the entrant.
  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before October 2019.
  • Entries must be written in English.
  • Fees- Each entry consisting of five poems costs £10.00- payments must be made in British pounds sterling via the competition website.

Published on:
30 Nov 2018


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