Teignmouth Poetry Festival

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The competition does not open until 1st November. Entries received prior to this date will not be accepted or refunded.
Due to Covid19 we have no firm date yet for our next Festival.  However our Poetry Competition is going ahead as usual.  The Competition is a vital contributor to future festivals and is more important than ever in this very difficult time. If we are unable to stage a live awards ceremony we shall have an international zoom evening when winning poets can read their successful poems.

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Festival Open Poetry Competition
Prizes:      1st - £500        2nd - £250        3rd - £100
Judge:  Helen Ivory
Local Competition – Devon residents only
        Prizes:      1st - £100        2nd - £50          3rd - £25
Judge:  Alasdair Paterson
Closing date:  31 January 2021

Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. Her fifth Bloodaxe collection is The Anatomical Venus (May 2019). It was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards, and won the 2019 EDP, East Anglian Writers ‘By the Cover Award.’ She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is a tutor for UEA/NCW online creative writing. Fool’s World, a collaborative Tarot with Tom de Freston (Gatehouse Press) won the 2016 Saboteur Best Collaborative Work award.  A book of mixed media poems Hear What the Moon Told Me is out from KFS and a chapbook Maps of the Abandoned City appeared from SurVision Press in 2019.  As part of Versopolis 2020, she has a chapbook of poems translated into Polish and also one in Ukrainian.

Alasdair Paterson’s most recent collections are Elsewhere Or Thereabouts (Shearsman Books 2014), My Life As A Mad King (Oystercatcher 2016) and Silent Years (Flarestack Poets 2017). Born in Edinburgh, he began writing poetry in Liverpool in the 1970s and won an Eric Gregory Award in 1975, later taking a 20 year sabbatical from poetry before starting to write again after retiring from university life. He lives in Exeter, where he organizes and presents the monthly Uncut Poets reading series.



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