What message would you give to others about Leicester? What is the story behind that message? Could you write a poem that shares an experience or aspect of Leicester City? Your poem could be about part of your life story, a family story, about your favourite place in Leicester, about a personality or celebrity with a strong link to Leicester or it could be about your relationship with the city, its people, features, landmarks, peculiarities or history.
⦁ Poems should be 40 lines or less with a strong, recognisable link to Leicester.
⦁ Poems must be in English. In the case of translated work, it is the translator’s responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder of the original work.
⦁ If submitting a poem which has been previously published please give details of where it has appeared and confirm that you own the copyright.
⦁ Ideally poems will be typed single spaced and submitted either in the body of an email or as a .doc attachment. Postal submissions will also be accepted.
⦁ Please include a short biography of 50 words or less. This will be included in the anthology if your poem is accepted. If you do not send a biography, it will assumed you do not wish your biography to appear in the anthology.
⦁ You may submit a maximum of three poems. You do not have to submit all three poems at the same time, but the editors can only consider a maximum of three poems.
⦁ Please send poems to firstname.lastname@example.org or Welcome to Leicester, 36 Leybury Way, Scraptoft, Leicester LE7 9UB by 15 July 2016.
⦁ We welcome submissions from writers of all ages, based anywhere in the world.
Welcome to Leicester will be edited by Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa and published by Dahlia Publishing.
We are now accepting proposals from writers living in Leicestershire for the Bru Leicester Writes Poetry Prize.
The commissioned poems will be showcased at Bru Café on Granby Street, on the Leicester Writes website and during the 2nd annual Leicester Writes festival (to be held in Spring 2016).
The commissioned poetry must take the form of a poetry sequence, of up to five poems (no more than 40 lines each) and address the theme ‘Life in the city’.
The winning application will receive £150, and a residency at Bru Café.*
Writers must submit the following:
Entries should be sent to Farhana Shaikh on email@example.com by 31st January 2016.
*The residency will consist of three separate visits to the café, with lunch and a hot drink provided. Unfortunately the prize fund does not include travel expenses to and from the café.
We are grateful to our project sponsors, Bru Coffee and Gelato for their generous support and enthusiasm for this new prize.