TEIGNMOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL
POETRY COMPETITION 2023
Closes midnight 31st January 2023.
The 2023 Competition is open to all poets, UK and international.
Entries from writers with Devon postcodes will automatically and additionally be entered for the Graham Burchell Award for Devon Poets.Open Poetry Competition
Prizes: 1st – £600 2nd – £300 3rd – £200
Judge: Fiona Benson
Graham Burchell Award – Devon residents only
Prizes: 1st – £200 2nd – £100 3rd – £50
Judge: Sue Proffitt
JUDGE – FIONA BENSON
Fiona Benson’s third collection, Ephemeron, has recently been published by Jonathan Cape. This follows Vertigo & Ghost (Cape, 2019), which won both the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize, while her first collection, Bright Travellers (Cape, 2014) won the Seamus Heaney Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Fiona was the first author selected for the Faber New Poets pamphlet series, and in 2021 was one of the three judges for the National Poetry Competition and lives in Cornwall.
Sue Proffitt lives by the coast in South Devon. Having won this award in 2022 and previously been placed 1st and 2nd in the Teignmouth Poetry Festival Open Competition, she is ideally qualified to be our judge in 2023. Her poetry has been published in many magazines and journals, as well as two collections. Her first, Open After Dark (Oversteps, 2017) was followed by The Lock-Picker (Palewell Press), written during her month on a Hawthornden Fellowship.
She has an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Bath Spa and is currently working on her third collection. www.owlmagic.com
Teignmouth Poetry Festival takes place over the weekend 31 March to 2 April.