The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre‘s second International Poetry Competition has been highly successful, receiving more entries from more poets than in 2015. The competition, which seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world, attracted close to 1000 entries from over 450 different poets and was truly international, with entries from over 30 countries including: Argentina, Canada, China, India, Iran, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, St Lucia, Taiwan, Turkey, and Uganda.
Winners of the top prizes of £1000 in each of the two categories: ESL (open to all poets over 18 years of age who speak English as Second Language), and Open (open to all poets over 18 years of age) and shortlisted poems will be announced in October. Our judge this year is the award-winning poet Daljit Nagra, the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry, Look, We Have Coming to Dover!, in 2007, and for its title poem in 2004, Daljit was also selected as a ‘New Generation Poet’ by the Poetry Book Society in 2014 and is Radio 4’s first ever Poet-in-Residence from October 2015-October 2017.
The awards evening, featuring readings from the winning poets and Daljit Nagra himself, will be held on Friday 25 November, and all are welcome to attend. Watch this space for more details. You can read about last year’s winners on the Poetry Centre website.