2013 Poetry Competition
Peer Review Process and eBook Publication
The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is a process for the selection of poems for publication based on anonymous peer review.
Selection systems are typically driven by judges of repute, celebrities, editorial teams, fan bases or “vote for me” campaigns. Increasingly, celebrity pervades publication decisions.
The Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is different. It is a rigorous process where participants read each other’s work in isolation unaware of other participants’ opinions, comments or identity. It is a neutral space.
Participation is anonymous.
The event is structured so that participants can question their own understanding and learn from others whilst simply enjoying the experience of taking part.
There will be a digital eBook publication featuring the best work from the prize. This will be our second co-created publication where the act of taking part accomplishes the editorial process.
Publication may be under an entrant’s real name or under a pseudonym.
2013 Poetic Republic Poetry Prize
- Single poem prize
- Portfolio prize (two poems)
The two prizes may be awarded to the same person. Qualification for the portfolio prize requires two entries.
The Judging will take place over 7 weeks in May and June.
Participants read each other’s work in small groups of 12 poems in a three round process. The combined effect is very powerful. In the final (third) round, everyone reads the shortlisted 12 poems.
During judging, participants have access to groups of poems but poems are not published on the website.
From each group of 12 poems participants select their preferred 4 poems and leave a short twitteresque comment against their choices.
Commenting is a valuable part of the process but it is also fun and fascinating. We have set out some “thoughts about comments” which may be useful.
Participants can read comments left against their own poems after the judging has finished.
The eBook Publication will include 48 poems together with a selection of the best or most interesting comments. To be shortlisted or included in the publication entrants must have taken part in the first two rounds of judging.
The selection of poems for publication will be made by the contribution of all the participants. The published poets will be invited to provide background details for inclusion in the publication. The shortlisted poets will be invited to make the selections of comments for publication.
Any subject. Style: Poetry or Prose Poetry. Maximum 42 lines. Previously unpublished work. £7 per poem.
See poetry competition rules for full details.
The competition is run on a not-for-profit basis.
Poetry competitions are no longer simply poetry competitions!
Closing date: 30th April 2013
Previous Poetry Competitions
In 2012 (the fourth year of the Prize) we received just over 1,400 entries. This has grown from 300 entries in the first year, 600 entries in the second year and 1,000 entries in the third year.
Last year entries were received from Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Participants in previous years have said:
“The competition is fantastic in its approach” “The format of allowing participants to comment and judge is excellent” “The breadth of poems was fascinating” “Brilliant idea”
Check out our first publication: Poems to Talk About.
Thank you to all the participants for taking part and providing constructive feedback and thank you to the individuals and organisations who kindly offered support in the promotion of the competition.
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Shona Albouy Wins Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2012 07.11.2012
The winner of the Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2012 is Shona Albouy with her poem Spider …. Read more
- first poetry competition, can’t believe how much I’m looking forward to the start of the judging ! 😀 heehee view on twitter
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