First Prize (£500 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2020)
Second Prize (£250)
Third Prize (£150)
Poems submitted should be broadly religious or ‘spiritual’ in nature and, like all good religious poetry, appeal to those who would not necessarily describe themselves as ‘religious’. We encourage poetry from a range of faith traditions, as well as from those struggling to discover a sense of the sacred. Poems are welcome in any style or form and will be judged solely on their merits as poetry.
Poetry Competition Judge 2020
Our judge this year will be Rachel Mann. Rachel Mann is a priest, poet and broadcaster. A parish priest in south Manchester, she is formerly Poet in Residence at Manchester Cathedral and currently Visiting Teaching Fellow in the Manchester Writing School.
Author of eight books, her debut full poetry collection, A Kingdom of Love (Carcanet 2019) has been called ‘a hard-won book of wonders’ by Michael Symmons Roberts. She is also editor of Carcanet’s ‘Christina Rossetti: New Selected Poems’ and she holds a PhD on 19th Century Women’s Poetry and the Bible. She broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 2.
All entries must be received by Tuesday 30 June 2020.
Results will be announced on National Poetry Day 2020
£4.50 for the first poem and £2.00 per poem thereafter.