Eyewear Publishing LTD is accepting poetry and prose through its 2018 submission channels. 



is a one-off major international award, to be judged by a large panel of many leading poets, critics and scholars. It will identify, celebrate and reward the poets and publishers of small, medium and large presses who have created the very best poetry collections in the English language in the past 18 years.


Shortlisted poets and their publisher will both receive £250 each, and an invitation to read at the gala awards ceremony in the UK, in London, in 2020.


The BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY will be awarded £2,100, ADDITIONALLY.


ALL 21 winning books will be on display at the gala, and widely publicised at our award-winning blog, and via social media. Submissions close LAST DAY OF 2019.


The judges have been selected to represent all schools and styles of contemporary poetics, and hail from Australia, America, Canada, India, Ireland, and the UK. The full list of judges is listed below.


ALL SINGLE-AUTHOR POETRY COLLECTIONS, including pamphlets, PUBLISHED 2000-2019 are eligible; this includes all poetry collections, including self-published books (in which case the author would also win the publisher award). The publications must have appeared in physical form on paper, PRINTED in whatever format (i.e. from perfect bound, to loose sheets in a box).


Poets, their publishers, and members of the public who wish to submit (in other words, nominate) a book may do so. Publishers, poets, and the public are free to submit/nominate as many books as they wish. You may nominate your own work.


Once a book has been submitted, it will be publicly recorded (title, author and publisher listed) on a specially-designed website page  – duplications will be refunded. Each book will require one copy to be physically submitted within one month of submitting the name. All books are to be posted to the Eyewear postal address: Suite 333, 19-21 Crawford Street, London, UK, W1H 1PJ.


All shortlisted books will go to the judging panel. Judges will select what they consider the best book from the books they are given to judge. All other books will be donated to charity shops.


The sifting panel will consist of the Eyewear editorial board, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.


The final judging panel and list of nominees can be found here: https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/pages/nominated-poets-for-the-21-best-printed-poetry-books-of-th...



* The panel of judges may change, without invalidating the competition, as the large pool of judges guarantees a degree of continuity.






• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing Ltd’s Submittable page. The fee to submit each title is £20. This will help defray the cost of the prize.


• Books must be original work, by a single author, published in the English language in the years 2000 to 2019. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, as well as indie and small press poets, to submit their work. SELECTEDS, COLLECTEDS and WORKS OF TRANSLATION will not be considered. POSTHUMOUS collections may be submitted.




All poets over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world are eligible.


Code of Ethics


• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing Ltd staff. 


• Given the large panel size, there are no limits on submissions relating to connections to a particular judge, since we will require each judge to recuse themselves from any decision involving a former or current student, friend, partner, family member, or close colleague.


• Authors’ works of poetry published by Eyewear Publishing Ltd are not eligible.


This prize is given in a spirit of open reflection and welcome, and acknowledges that prizes are by their very nature somewhat invidious - but the alternative - to not seek what appears most worth reading - in an age where the poetry book is always potentially at risk from competing forms of entertainment and media - seems more so.


Note: Eyewear Publishing Ltd reserves the right to cancel the prize due to unforeseen circumstances at any time, at which point, all monies and books submitted will be returned within 3 months.


Support indie press publishing by entering the exciting Ten Thousand Prize, which is designed to fundraise and benefit a poet equally. The first place prize is £10,000 for the best poem. The prize remains open until such time as 2,000 poems have been entered, so poets are encouraged to spread the word.

The fee to enter each poem is £10.

Poems can be previously published, but must be in English and original to the author. Only one poem per submission, of 100 lines or less. Single-spaced.

The final judge is Dr Todd Swift, currently Poet in residence at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

A shortlist of 10 poems will be announced as soon as the target is reached.

No family members, students or employees of, the judge, shall be permitted to enter.

Payment will be by PayPal.

The prize may be cancelled at any time; and entry fees returned.

The Melita Hume Poetry Prize is an annual poetry publication award for an original, first full-length collection by a poet aged thirty-five years or under, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of British or Irish citizenship, writing in the English language.

Previous years’ winners include Caleb Klaces for Bottled Air, Marion McCready for Tree Language, Amy Blakemore for Humbert Summer, Maria Apichella for Psalmody, Tony Chan for Four Points Fourteen Lines, Jenna Clake for Fortune Cookie, and Rebecca Close for valid, virtual, vegetable reality.

The winner will receive full book publication by Eyewear Publishing LTD in 2019, and an honorarium advance of £2,000. 

Submissions are NOW open currently until END OF 2018. The winner will be announced in EARLY 2019.

The final judge for the Melita Hume Prize this year is Malika Booker.

The fee to submit to the prize is NOW FREE, in order to allow for wider participation.

The aim of the prize is to support younger emerging writers during difficult economic times.

About the Judge

Malika Booker's publications include: 'Nine Nights' (Poetry Review) shortlisted for the Forward Single poem prize, Breadfruit (flippedeye, 2007) a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013) was longlisted for the OCM Bocas prize and shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre prize (2014). She is published in The Penguin Modern Poet Series 3:Your Family: Your Body (2017) and has been the recipient of residencies from Millay Colony, Cove Park, and Kocevje through The Centre for Slovenian Literature, and Fellowships from The Complete Works and Cave Canem as well as Inaugural Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Malika has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths University, was the Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow in Creative Writing at University of Leeds and is now an LHRI Fellow at that same university


• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page.

• Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 100 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language. Minimum font size of 12, Arial or Times New Roman, single-spaced.  There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. The Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds to submit their work. 

• Individual poems in the submission may have been previously published online, in periodicals, or in chapbooks, but the collection as a whole must not have been previously published (self publishing constitutes prior publication).

• Submissions can be made with or without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page.


The Melita Hume Prize is open to poets who have not previously published—and are not YET under contract to publish—a full-length collection of poems, at time of submmision. Writers 35 years of age, or under, at time of submission, resident in the UK or Ireland, or of Irish or British citizenship, are eligible to submit. If shortlisted, the poets agree to accept the prize conditions if selected the winner, and at that time must withdraw their work from consideration in any competing prize.

Code of Ethics

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing LTD staff; we will not use Interns to screen submissions.

• The Final Judge of The 2018 Melita Hume Poetry Prize is Malika Booker. Employees, family members, and current students of the Eyewear editorial team, or the final judge are not eligible to submit to The Melita Hume Prize.

• The prize honors Melita Hume, a book collector and compiler of poems and information about many authors, who lived in Quebec, Canada, and had a partuclar interest in ecology,  science and literature.


The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets in the UK and Ireland. It is based on a similar and well-known US prize anthology. The top fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets anthology in 2019, following classic anthologies from 2016 to 2018. This year's past anthology was guest-edited by famous American poet, Maggie Smith.

Eligibility: poets resident in the UK or Ireland, regardless of nationality, as well as passport holders from the UK or Ireland who live abroad, are eligible to submit work for consideration if they have not yet published (and are not under contract to publish at time of entry) a full-length collection of poetry. Poets who have published pamphlets are eligible to compete as are poets included in previous editions of the anthology. Submissions are open to JANUARY 31, 2019.

Guidelines: submit one to three original poems in the English language for consideration. Poems may have appeared before in print periodicals, journals, or magazines, but not in online venues. Please include any prior publication information for each submitted poem in your cover letter. Your cover letter should also include a brief biographical note with your contact details. Do not include your name on your poems.

About this year's judge:

Nick Makoha's debut collection Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (Forward) and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He won the 2015 Brunel International Poetry prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection. He is a Goldsmiths, Cave Canem & Complete Works Alumni. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, The Boston Review, and Wasafiri - among many others. 

"Nick Makoha’s first full-length collection, Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree £8.99), was the 2017 debut which most excited me. Focused on Uganda during the Idi Amin dictatorship, his poetry is charged with ethical sensibility. The lines protest as they sing 1the song disturbed by helicopter blades…1 but they don’t simplify things: they explore, and complicate. Personal witness and artistry are one." - Carol Rumens - The Guardian