April 14, 2017 — annahudsonnz
In partnership with Unite the Union, Culture Matters is a web platform (www.culturematters.org.uk) which promotes a progressive political approach to the arts and other cultural activities. The purpose of the new Award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with poetry. There is a £500 cash prize for the winner, £250 second prize and £100 third prize. The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite. Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long. Entry is open to everyone regardless of trade union membership, and is free. Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.The winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Unite conference in Durham in July.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: Poems should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE.