PBS National Student Poetry Competition 2013

October 2013 sees the launch of the Poetry Book Society’s second annual National Student Poetry Competition. The only nationwide prize of its kind, last year’s inaugural Competition judged by George Szirtes saw entries from universities across the country, and the £100 first prize was scooped by Sophie Clarke from Oxford University.

The prizes will be expanded this year and will see the winner receive £200, with a second prize of £50 and third prize of £25. All three will receive Full PBS memberships. Eight highly commended poems will receive Associate membership of the PBS and a selection of books. The Competition is free to enter to PBS student members and it is free and easy to join the PBS online, with membership offering access to the PBS Bulletin, poetry newsletters and 25% off most poetry titles published in the UK and Ireland.

The winning poems will be published on the PBS website with the Judge’s comments and an ebook of the 20 best poems will be made freely available.


The 2013 National Student Poetry Competition will be judged by Daljit Nagra whose first collection, Look We Have Coming to Dover!, won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the South Bank Show Decibel Award. Daljit is Course Director on Faber Academy’s ‘Becoming A Poet’ course and has been a secondary school teacher and a Learning Mentor for two decades. His second book, Tippoo Sultan’s Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!!, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 2011, and his latest collection, Ramayana: A Retelling, is coming soon from Faber. 

The Competition will open for entries on 31 October 2013 and the closing date will be 13 December. The winners will be announced on 6 March.


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