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

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. 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