The Cookham Festival has teamed up with The Stanley Spencer Gallery, The University of Reading and Two Rivers Press to organise an international poetry competition on the theme of Stanley Spencer; his work, his life, his themes, influences or beliefs.
There will be three awards made by the judging panel, with a first prize of £2,500 and joint runners-up prizes of £500 each. The awards will be made for original and previously unpublished poems, not exceeding 54 lines, in English, or in any recognised dialect of English. Poems that have won or are under consideration for other prizes are not eligible, nor are poems which are translations of another author’s work.
To be accepted for judging, poems must address the theme of Stanley Spencer; his work, his life, his themes, influences or beliefs.
There is an entry fee of £10 for each poem entered.
The Festival will be offering three major prizes, a first prize of £2,500 and two runners-up prizes of £500 each.
The shortlisted poems, including the final prize winners, are to be published as an anthology by Two Rivers Press Ltd.