The Best New British and Irish Poets competition collects fifty poems from the fifty best new poets in the UK and Ireland. The top fifty poems will be published in The Best New British and Irish Poets anthology in spring of 2018. This year's anthology will be 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. Submissions are open from 3 April to 2 October, 2017.
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; the final judge will consider the submitted work anonymously.
About this year's judge: American poet Maggie Smith is the author of Good Bones (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry; Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award; and three prize-winning chapbooks.
Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Magma, Waxwing, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, and many other journals. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and she serves as a consulting editor to the Kenyon Review. Her poem 'Good Bones' was a global phenomenon in 2016 and has been read over one million times.
Building on the success of our 2015 Michael Marks Publishers’ Award-shortlisted 20/20 Pamphlet series, and our 2016 Aviator and 2017 Lorgnette Pamphlet series, Eyewear is pleased to announce the launch of our 2018 Goggles Pamphlet Series, selected and edited by Todd Swift.
Eyewear will select and publish pamphlets from this open reading period. All poets working in the English language are welcome to submit original, previously unpublished pamphlets for consideration. To submit a pamphlet, upload your manuscript via our Submittable system. CLOSES 1 JUNE 2018.
Manuscripts should be in English, and consist of at least 16 pages of poetry. The maximum is 30 pages of poetry. The poems cannot have been previously published in book or pamphlet form, but may have appeared separately online, in journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Selected poets are offered a contract and have 10 days to decide to accept the offer. Their books will then appear by end of 2018.