Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2019 is now open

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  • 11 March 2019
Anthony Wilson, our poetry judge for 2019

Our annual Poetry Competition is now open for entry.

First Prize (£500 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2019)

Second Prize (£250)

Third Prize (£150)

Winners and seven runners-up will be invited to read their poetry at the Manchester Literature Festival event in October.


Judge 2019

Our judge this year will be Anthony Wilson. He is not only a poet but an educator and a very articulate and committed interpreter of poetry, especially in his ‘Lifesaving poems’ blog and book. He brings to poetry a deep perception of what makes a poem ‘spiritual’ – its emotional impact and the meaning it creates. So he is ideal to pick out the most moving and powerful poems from your submissions, and to choose the 2019 Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year.

Anthony Wilson is a lecturer, poet and writing tutor. He is subject leader for Primary English at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter. Love for Now (2012), his memoir of cancer, is available from Impress Books. His anthology Lifesaving Poems, based on his blog of the same name, was published in 2015 by Bloodaxe. He is editor of Creativity in Primary Education (Sage, 2015), and co-editor of Making Poetry Matter (Bloomsbury, 2013) and Making Poetry Happen (Bloomsbury, 2015) which was Highly Commended in the 2016 UKLA academic book of the year award. Deck Shoes, a book of prose, and The Afterlife, his fifth collection of poems, are forthcoming from Impress Books and Worple Press.

The closing date for this year's competition is Friday 30 June 2019.

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