The Bangor Poetry Competition

Deadline for submissions has been extended: Now-midnight of 30th June 2018.   Theme- LOVE

The Bangor Poetry Competition is different than most other poetry competitions.  If you are shortlisted then you will be asked to hand-write your poem, sign it, illustrate it/ embellish it and frame it.  Your original piece will then be displayed as part of The Aspects Literary Festival (August- dates to be confirmed) at The Blackberry Path Art Studios, Bangor, Northern Ireland and the poems shall be voted on by the public from 17th August to 17th September.  The launch event shall take place at The Blackberry Path Art Studios, Gray’s Hill, Bangor, Co Down, N.I on Friday 17th August 2018, 6pm-9pm.

Your work also must be for sale.  We usually sell around one third to half of our shortlisted pieces.  You do not sell the rights to your poem, but instead your piece of poetry becomes almost a piece of art, to be enjoyed not just on the page, but on the wall!

We have several events throughout the exhibition, including the initial launch event and opportunities for those shortlisted to read their work.  Alongside the poetry we also display artwork.

This year’s prizes are:

First Place: £100 cash; a writing book and pen; a framed certificate; the opportunity to read at Aspects Literature Festival and your poem shall hang for one year at The Blackberry Path Art Studios. Plus, a special feature about you in the upcoming issue of The Bangor Literary Journal.

Second Place: £50 cash; a writing book and pen; a framed certificate.

Third Place: £30 cash; a writing book and pen; a framed certificate.

Fourth place: £10 cash and a certificate.

Fifth place: £10 cash and a certificate.

There are shall also be 8 Highly Commended Poet certificates issued.

All shortlisted exhibitors shall receive a certificate and the opportunity to be presented with it at our awards ceremony.

 

We are now taking submissions for the Sixth Bangor Poetry Competition! (Submission window 5th Jan 18- 30th June 18)

This theme for this year’s competition is ‘Love’.  Play around with this theme-your work can be loosely related to love, or completely loved up!

You can submit up to two previously unpublished poems which are no longer than 40 lines. (We consider it published if it has appeared on: social media, online or in print)

We do not take a fee at this stage of the competition- it is totally free to submit your two poems to us.  If your work makes the shortlist then each chosen poem incurs an £8 hanging fee which is used to host the event and create the prize money.

We welcome work from established, emerging and first time poets from anywhere in the world .

Guidelines:

  • Please email your submissions to thebangorliteraryjournal@hotmail.com with the heading (SIXTH BANGOR POETRY COMPETITION-Name)
  • Submit a maximum of two previously unpublished poems (we consider it published if it has appeared on: social media, on line or in print) no longer than 40 lines long.
  • Poems should be single spaced and in New Times Roman, size 12.
  • Poems should be in a separate Word document attached to the email. There should not be any traces of your name within the document, as work is read anonymously.
  • Include a brief note, author’s bio (no more than one paragraph), contact details and an author photo in the body of the email.
  • We accept all forms of poetry, but it must be your best work.
  • If your work is shortlisted, we will email you within one month of the deadline. If you do not hear from us within this time frame, then please contact us.
  • Work cannot be changed once it has been sent to us.
  • We do not accept simultaneous submissions.
  • You retain the rights to your work, however we can use your work in upcoming features etc.  Please credit us in future with first publication of the piece.
  • If you are shortlisted then you will be asked to hand-write your poem, sign it, illustrate it/ embellish it and frame it.  There is an £8 hanging fee for each shortlisted piece. Your original piece will then be displayed as part of The Aspects Literary Festival at The Blackberry Path Art Studios, Bangor, Northern Ireland and the poems shall be voted on by the public over a period of three weeks. (Physical, in person votes only)
  • Your work also must be for sale.  We usually sell around one third to half of our shortlisted pieces.  You do not sell the rights to your poem, but instead your piece of poetry becomes almost a piece of art, to be enjoyed not just on the page, but on the wall! 25% commission is taken on all sales, plus your hanging fee, so please consider this when pricing your work.  We have sold pieces from £10 to £150 in the past, to give you a rough idea of pricing.
  • You can enter from anywhere in the world.  If you are shortlisted, you will have to post your handwritten entry to us to display)
  • All work must be your own original work.
  • You must be 16 years or older to enter.

 

Our previous winners:

First Annual Bangor Poetry Competition Winner: Mary Lappin

Second Annual Bangor Poetry Competition Winner: Lara Sunday

Third Annual Bangor Poetry Competition Winner: Helen Kennedy

Fourth Annual Bangor Poetry Competition Winner: Gerry McCullough

Fifth Annual Bangor Poetry Competition Winner: Emma Stone