The Aryamati Poetry Prize

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The 2022 prize will open June 1st 2022 - 25th September 2022.

In its fourth year, the Aryamati Prize seeks poets who write for social change and peace. Past winners have included Pippa Little, Jenny Mitchell and Sundra Lawrence. Since 2021, the prize has published the winner’s work also in pamphlet form, with ‘Warriors’ by Sundra Lawrence spanning a thirty-year history, against the shadow of the Sri Lankan civil war, told from the voices of first and second-generation British Tamils.

In 2022, the prize seeks pamphlets from adult poets and individual poems on the theme from young writers under the age of eighteen. The theme can be interpreted in any way in which the writer sees fit.​

2021 Winners announced here

2020 Winners announced here

2019 Winners announced here 

2022 welcomes young writers to enter into the Young Aryamati Prize. 

This prize seeks poets who write for social change and peace.

This poetry prize remembers Cambridge graduate, Olga Kenyon, (Aryamati), who had a rich career involving teaching, lecturing and writing. She was a well-respected non-fiction author, documenting and researching the history of women's writing and had eight books published. As a keen poet she won the North West Libraries poetry award in 2013 and her poem about Alderley Edge was displayed on the city's trams. The prize represents that which Aryamati held dear: reading widely, writing to her loved ones from across the globe by postcard and seeking critical feedback on her work, constantly aiming to improve her craft.

Adult category - 18 and over

The Aryamati Poetry Prize

For poetry pamphlets up to 30 pages, on the theme of social change and peace

The winning prize is:

  • A traditional pamphlet publication contract with Fly on the Wall Press for 2022 publication

  • 10 Fly on the Wall books worth £100, in any format

  • 250 copies of a chosen poem printed on limited edition postcards (150 distributed in Fly on the Wall book packages and 100 gifted to winner)

  • The postcard poem will also be published on the Fly on the Wall Blog and the winner invited to record a video of the piece for the Fly on the Wall Youtube Channel.

  • In collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Poetry Library, the winner will be invited to record their poem as part of an interview by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester Poetry Library.

Runners up:

  • 3 Fly on the Wall ebooks and a choice of one of the following: 3 paperbacks from shop or a line by line edit of 5 poems of poet's choice. (Worth £37)

  • A chosen poem will also be published on the Fly on the Wall Blog and the poets will be invited to record a video of the piece for the Fly on the Wall Youtube Channel.

Young writer category - 11-17 years old

The Young Aryamati Poetry Prize

For individual poems, on the theme of social change and peace

The winner will receive...

  • Two of our flagship charity anthologies - A hardback of anthology 'Planet in Peril' and 'We Are All Somebody', compiled by young leader Samantha Richards.

  • The winning poem will also be published on the Fly on the Wall Blog and the winner invited to record a video of the piece for the Fly on the Wall Youtube Channel.

Guidelines:

  1. Adult category: Entry is free if you have previously purchased a copy of our 2021 winning pamphlet 'Warriors' by Sundra Lawrence, released in May 2022, which can be purchased her​e.  Alternatively, if you do not wish to purchase the pamphlet, entry to the Adult Category is £7 standard or £4 if in receipt of state benefits or if you are currently in some form of education. This fee is per pamphlet submitted. 

  2. Each pamphlet entry (Adult category) should be emailed over with your transaction reference from Paypal, or with your book receipt for 'Warriors' from our shop.

  3. Each entry in The Young Aryamati Poetry Prize is £1 (per poem) or free with any purchase from our shop.

  4. Any fees can be paid via this linked Paypal account, or email isabellekenyon@hotmail.co.uk if you would prefer to use bank transfer, and we can email over the details for this.

  5. Pamphlets and individual poetry will be judged anonymously. Please only put your name in the subject line and body of your email and attach your poetry as a word document or PDF where necessary.

  6. The judges decision is final.

  7. Each email should receive an automated email, or a personalised email, to confirm receipt of your entry.

  8. We will aim to get back to everyone at the start of November with an outcome of their entry.

  9. Individual poems may have been previously published elsewhere, as long as you maintain the copyright.

  10. If you are submitting a pamphlet, we ask that around 50% of the poems have not been previously published.

  11. Emails do not have to have a cover letter, but we'd love to read a bit about your work after the judging process has been completed, so if you do provide a third-person biography in the body of your email, these will be read with care.

Links to Aryamati's Work:

800 Years of Women's Letters

Women Writers Talk

Travel and Trouble

Link to the Aryamati Bursary Fund 

(British Association for Mindfulness-Based Approaches)

Due to Aryamati's generosity The Breathworks

Foundation awards bursaries each year to make sure

no-one is excluded from experiencing the life-changing

benefits of mindfulness due to financial hardship.

Aryamati had lived with chronic pain for many years

and experienced great benefit from the Breathworks

approach.

 

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