2017 Resurgence Poetry Prize launched – this year, the biggest ever

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Prize Co-Founder.Andrew MotionThe 2017 Resurgence Poetry Prize – already the world’s leading competition of its type –  is expanding, with new organizers and an enhanced first prize.

The competition, now in its third year, is the world’s leading ecopoetry competition in the English language. The prize aims to encourage poets to engage with ecology, and to foster the role poetry can play in raising awareness of the ecological imperatives of our time.

The £5,000 first prize will be augmented this year with a writer’s residency at White House Farm, Great Glemham, Suffolk, the competition’s new organizers, The Poetry School, are delighted to announce.  The second prize is £2000, and there is a £1000 third prize.

The results will be announced, and the prizes awarded, at a special ceremony at the Poetry in Aldeburgh Festival, 3-5 November 2017. The festival is co-curated by The Poetry School.

This year’s judges are Lavinia Greenlaw, winner of the 2011 Ted Hughes Award, and Cambridge academic and poet, Dr Mina Gorji.

The Resurgence Poetry Prize was founded by Andrew Motion, the former Poet Laureate; Joanna Lumley, the actress and campaigner; and the entrepreneur Peter Phelps, together with the peace activist Satish Kumar, former editor ofResurgence magazine, and editor emeritus of the educational charity, The Resurgence Trust.

Previous winners of the prize were Luisa Igloria, the Filipina American writer (2015), and Rob Miles, poet and lecturer in Spanish at the University of Hull (2016).

Details of this year’s competition can be found on the Resurgence Poetry Prize website,  www.resurgenceprize.org  or can be obtained from The Poetry School, 81 Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6DX. Tel: 020 7582 1679 . Closing date for entries is 17 August.

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