Sharpen your pencil, polish your pen, hit the keyboard, the Manchester Cathedral 600 Poetry Competition is here! This year celebrates six centuries since the founding of the Collegiate Church which grew into our cathedral. This competition celebrates the Cathedral - this extraordinary home of spiritual life and diversity, the beating heart of a vibrant city.
Send in poems which reflect, express or connect with the Cathedral in some way. Poems will be short – no more than 15 lines – so that they can be made really visible in the city and beyond. Poems you submit should be broadly religious or ‘spiritual’ in nature and, like all good religious poetry, appeal to those who might not describe themselves as ‘religious’. Poetry from different faith traditions is welcome, as well as from those struggling to discover a sense of the sacred. Write in any style or form – your poems will be judged solely on their merits as poetry.
And this year, rather than one winner and a lot of hopefuls, TEN prizes of £100 will be offered, and the winning poems will be published in a Celebration booklet.
The competition is now open and will close on 30 September 2021.
By entering the competition you are agreeing to the terms and conditions. Winners will be announced by email and via the Cathedral's social media accounts on 30 November 2021.