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2022 Young Poets Competition

Caleb Parkin is our 2022 Young Poet Judge

This year we welcome Caleb Parkin to our 30th Anniversary Festival as judge in the Young Poets Competition.

Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet 2020 – 22, won second prize in the National Poetry Competition 2016, the Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 and other shortlists. His poems feature in The Guardian, The Rialto, The Poetry Review, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Magma, Butcher’s Dog and elsewhere. Commissions include Poetry Society, Lyra Festival, Green Party, National Literacy Trust, Royal British Legion, and The Hepworth Wakefield.

He tutors for Poetry Society, Poetry School, Cheltenham Festivals, First Story and holds an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) with a research dissertation focused on museum and gallery settings. He previously worked in BBC TV and radio production, as a teacher and Senior Inclusion Worker.

Debut pamphlet, Wasted Rainbow (tall-lighthouse, Feb 2021). Debut collection This Fruiting Body is published with Nine Arches Press, October 2021.

For the Young Poets competition this year’s prize money is 1st £150, 2nd £75, 3rd £50. All three prize winners will also receive a year’s subscription to the Poetry Society.

Entries to the Young Poets Competition must not be longer than 35 lines. The poems can be about any subject, and must be anonymous. Competitors may only submit one entry and must be aged 16 to 22 inclusive, at the closing submission date on 30 June 2022.

Please read the Terms & Conditions carefully to ensure your entry is accepted.