Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Basil Bunting Poetry Competition

The Inaugural Basil Bunting Poetry Award 2009 sounds very interesting and rich.

This award has been launched to acknowledge and celebrate the life and work of Basil Bunting. He was a leading British modernist poet whose poems have established their place amongst the twentieth century’s best poetry. Bunting’s precise and measured speech in his best known long poem Briggflatts led the critic Cyril Connolly to describe it as ‘the finest long poem to have been published in English since T S Eliot’s Four Quartets'.

First Prize: £1000.00

Second Prize: £500.00

Third Prize: £250.00

Up to three commendations of £75.00 each

Judges: Sean O'Brien, Linda France, Paul Batchelor

Deadline:30 September 2009
Winners will be announced: 10 December 2009
Max 42 lines
Fee: first poem is £7 and for any further poems £3 each.


Michael Farry said...

The maximum of 42 lines seems a bit strange when Bunting is best remembered for the long poem. Let's have a poetry cometition for long poems or sequences!
Bloodaxe have just published a new edition of Briggflats plus a CD of Bunting reading and a DVD of a programme on the poet.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Boom! Boom! No , sorry, that's Basil Brush, isn't it?