Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the fourth Bread and Roses Poetry Award, kindly sponsored by Unite the Union, is now open for entries.
Our mission is to promote a socialist approach to all cultural activities, including arts such as poetry. So we run the Bread and Roses Poetry Award to create opportunities for working people to write poetry, and to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working-class communities.
As in previous years, there will be 5 prizes of £100 for the best poems, and an anthology of the poems from around a further 20 entrants will be published later in the year. In addition, we are offering a mentoring and support package for writers who have not yet published a collection. The package will be offered to up to 3 entrants - who may or may not have won one of the 5 prizes - who will be linked to an experienced, published poet, and helped to produce their first published collection.
Submission Rules and Guidelines
1. You may enter one or two original, previously unpublished (in print) poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long.
2. You must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.
3. Entry is free, and open to anyone regardless of trade union membership.
4. There will be five prizes of £100 each for the best poems. In addition, a mentoring and support package leading to a first published collection will be offered to up to 3 entrants, who may or may not be prizewinners.
5. Entries should broadly deal with themes relevant to working-class life, politics, communities and culture.
7. Please include the poem(s) and your name, address, and contact details in the body of the email.
8. All entries remain the copyright of the author but Culture Matters and Unite will have the right to publish them online and in print.
9. By entering the Award, entrants agree to accept and be bound by the rules of the Award and the decisions of the judges. We are unable to respond individually to submissions.
Copies of the Bread and Roses Poetry Anthology 2019 (along with many other fine books of political poetry) are available to buy here.