The contest is organised by the Resurgence Trust, publishers of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine.
Three awards will be made for original and previously unpublished ‘ecopoems’ in English.
Ecopoetry focuses on humanity’s relationship with the natural world; it implies responsibility, engagement and ecological integrity.
James Sainsbury, Chairman of the Resurgence Trust, says: “Ecopoets show us our true place as a living, breathing, integral part of the natural world, no more or less than any other part”.
The Resurgence Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, insight and concern for the ecological imperatives of our time.
Poems do not need to address a specific theme, but should in some way – thematically, structurally, linguistically or formally – investigate the relationship between human culture and the natural world.
Poems should not exceed 54 lines in length.
• 1st prize: £5,000
• 2nd prize: £2,000
• 3rd prize: £1,000
The cost of submission is £7 for the first poem, and £4 per subsequent poem.