Frosted Fire Firsts

Judges: Dr Angela France, David Clarke, and 2019 competition winner Janet Lees.

The 2020 competition offers two prizes of publication of a 32-page pamphlet for poets who have not previously had a poetry collection published. Each winner will receive 50 free copies of their pamphlet, and marketing support to launch it. Both poets will also be offered a headline poet event at Cheltenham Poetry Festival, after their pamphlet is published.

A shortlist will be published by the end of March 2020, and the shortlisted poets will be invited to read a poem at the 2020 Cheltenham Poetry Festival, at an event in which the winners will be announced.

Rules and entry to Frosted Fire Firsts competition

Wild Poems

In keeping with the Wild! theme of our 2020 festival, we are holding a contest for a poem inspired by that theme. Your poem(s) can be as unruly and untamed as you like in your take on the theme.

Judges: Ben Ray and Anna Saunders, who will read all entries anonymously.

Prizes will be awarded at a special Competition event at next year’s Cheltenham Poetry Festival The winning poet will receive £200, the second £75 and the third £25.

Shortlisted poets will be given a complimentary ticket to the event in April 2020, and invited to read their successful poems.

Winners will be announced at that Festival event (but do not have to be present to win.)

Rules and entry to Wild Poems competition

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