With the first two Alan Sillitoe Memorial Open Poetry Competitions adjudicated by big names – Ruth Fainlight and George Szirtes respectively – we’re proud to announce that the high caliber continues. The final adjudicator for this year’s competition is Helen Ivory, whose fourth collection for Bloodaxe, Waiting for Bluebeard, was published earlier this year to great acclaim.

I had the pleasure of reviewing the collection for Nottingham’s forefront culture magazine LeftLion, and you can read my interview with Helen on the LeftLion website (handy hint: she talks about what she looks for in a good poem).

The competition is open to everyone except members of the Alan Sillitoe Committee and their families. Theme and form are open. The only stipulations we make are that your poem should be no more than 40 lines, previously unpublished, not submitted for publication elsewhere and not entered for, or placed in, any other competition.

Apart from that, go for it! First prize: £200. Second: £100. Third: £50. Oh, and you get your poem published on this very website. Entry fees? £3 per poem or four for £10. How many poems can you enter? Well, as long as you’re paying £10 per multiple of four, we really don’t mind. We’re firm believers in the “in it to win in” philosophy.

All proceeds will go to the Alan Sillitoe Memorial Fund. The deadline is Tuesday 12 November 2013. 3rd Alan Sillitoe Memorial Poetry Competition flyer for the 3rd Alan Sillitoe Memorial Poetry Competition flyer; please read the guidelines on this document before entering.

Postal entries should be sent to: The Competition Secretary, 38 Harrow Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7DU. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to ‘The Alan Sillitoe Committee’.

Or you can enter by email, sending your poems as attachments to alansillitoepage@hotmail.co.uk and paying your entry fee via the “donate” button on this website. You should make a note of the PayPal reference number and quote it in your email.

Good luck!

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