York Poetry Prize Launched

In conjunction with YorkMix.com, we’re pleased to announce that York Literature Festival’s annual poetry competition is back for its eighth year. Now named The York Poetry Prize, this year’s judge is leading poet and critic Sean O’Brien. The top prize stays unchanged at a fantastic £600 and there are many other awards to be won including the recently introduced International Prize and the Helen Cadbury award for best local entrant.

For full details, rules and entry form please click here.

But that’s not all as we have other fabulous poetry events in store at YLF2020.

Poetry for All also returns for its third outing, bringing the joy of Poetry and the Spoken Word to everyone with its potential to open up new emotional experiences. Filled with humour, pathos and drama, this fully accessible event offers British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and Screen Projected Text. Featured poets include Coll Metcalfe, Michael Southan and Donna Williams. Hosted by Fay Roberts & Rose Drew, this event is supported by The Wilberforce Trust and Stairwell Books. Carers and support dogs are welcome.

To Book Tickets click here.

Plus we’re delighted to say that the inspirational poet Andrew McMillan will be joining us as part of London’s award-winning Polari Literary Salon which is also in The Studio at York Theatre Royal. This special event is comprised entirely of LGBTQ+ performers and its eclectic line-up brings both poetry and prose together in a unique format suitable for audiences from all backgrounds. Hosted by founder and author Paul Burston, it also includes comedian VG Lee.

To Book Tickets click here.

And if the thought of entering the York Poetry Prize Competition gets your creative juices flowing, why not give them some form and structure at one of our special poetry workshops? Steve Clarkson, the award-winning writer, spoken word host and founder of Found Fiction, will be presenting one on two such occasions. In his two-hour Look Closer Poetry Workshop he’ll being empowering creatives with the vision to see stories in ordinary objects and places. Sharpen your pencils (and your minds) and don’t miss this great opportunity!

To Book Tickets click here.

Other poetry events are also available. For a full listing visit the Poetry menu of our What’s On page by clicking here.