Ends on November 5, 2018

$15.00 USD

EYEWEAR PUBLISHING is honoured to announce a new prize named for the poetic genius Christopher Smart, famous for his love of his cat and the poem he wrote for it.

The winner will receive $2000/£1,600 - the author's choice - and will be published by Eyewear in 2019 (distributed in the UK and the USA). Submissions will open on January 6th 2018, and close November 6th, 2018. Mel Pryor will judge the prize in its first year. 

Judge's bio:

Mel Pryor’s first collection Small Nuclear Family was published in 2015 and was a Daily Mail Christmas poetry book of the year.  The TLS described it as “a remarkable debut.” Pryor was named by Robert Peake in the Huffington Post as one of “Five British Poets to Watch” in 2017. Her work has been widely published including in The Rialto, Acumen, POEM, Mslexia, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthologies The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear), Writing Motherhood (Seren), The Caught Habits of Language (Donut), 154 Poems in Response to Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Live Canon) and Some Cannot be Caught (Emma Press). She was a prize winner in the 2013 Mslexia Poetry Competition and won the 2013 Ware Sonnet Prize, the 2008 Essex Poetry Prize and the 2015 Philip Larkin Poetry Prize. In February 2018 she was the Scottish Poetry Library digital poet-in-residence as part of “The Blue Crevasse” project celebrating the centenary of WS Graham. She performed at the 2018 Sierra Nevada Poetry Festival in California.

“Among excellent new poetry published by established poets this year, it’s a pleasure to recommend a first collection by one whose apparently simple approach to ordinary subject matter can suddenly challenge, nudging you out of complacency. Here are affectionate but clear-sighted poems about the domestic and the human condition…A triumph.” Bel Mooney – The Daily Mail


• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing LTD’s Submittable page. The fee to submit is $15.

• Manuscripts must be original work, between 48 and 120 pages in length, by a single author, in the English language, single-space, paginated, and with 12-14 font size. 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 should be made without the inclusion of an acknowledgments page, as the judge will not consider this information.

This competition will be judged blind, so please do not include your name on the manuscript itself, which can be in a word document or PDF.

The winner will be announced only after they have had time to consider the standard contract offered, and signed it. If they decide to withdraw, the runner-up will be the winner, and so on.


The Prize is open to any person who wishes to enter a poetry manuscript written in the English language. Contact Eyewear if you have questions about eligibility or would like us to consider a circumstance not named above - at info@eyewearpublishing.com.

 Code of Ethics

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing LTD EDITORS. 

 Employees, family members, and current students of the final judge are not eligible to submit. Employees of Eyewear Publishing and their close family are not eligible to enter either.

• Authors who have had a full-length work of poetry published by Eyewear Publishing LTD or who are under contract with Eyewear are not eligible to submit to The Prize.

Eyewear reserves the right to cancel the competition at any time, and return the full amount paid to enter to all entrants.