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Callout: the Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2021

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Callout: the Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2021

Mike Quille issues a callout for this years's Bread and Roses Poetry Award

Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the fifth Bread and Roses Poetry Award, kindly sponsored by Unite the Union, is now open for entries.

Our mission is to promote cultural democracy in all the arts and other cultural activities. 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  poems will be published later in the year. The judges are the same as last year: Andy Croft, poet and publisher of Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer, Education Officer for Unite.

We are also offering a mentoring and support package for writers who have not yet published a collection. It will be offered to up to 3 entrants, who may or may not have won one of the 5 prizes. They will be linked to an experienced, published poet, and helped to produce their first published collection. This strand of the project is as important to us as the Award itself.

Submission Rules and Guidelines 

1. You may enter one or two original poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long. They should not have been previously published in print.

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. 

6. Entries should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight on 31st May 2021. No entries will be accepted after that date.

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 2020 (along with many other fine books of political poetry) are available to buy here.

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Mike Quille

Mike Quille is a writer, reviewer and chief editor of Culture Matters.