Roger McGough Annual Poetry Prize 2020: Identity

The Roger McGough poetry prize is a national poetry competition welcoming submissions inspired by this year’s theme of identity.

The Roger McGough poetry prize is a national poetry competition welcoming submissions inspired by this year’s theme of identity.

First prize is £150, second prize is £75, and third prize is £50.

Winning and shortlisted poems will be published in an anthology, with featured poets receiving a free copy. There will also be a winners’ ceremony in Spring 2021 (details to be confirmed).

The closing date is Friday 18th December 12.30pm.

A panel appointed by Arts Richmond will shortlist the top 40 poems, which will then be judged by Roger McGough. The judges’ decision is final.

About Roger McGough

Prolific poet, author, playwright and broadcaster Roger McGough CBE has published more than 50 books of adult and children’s poetry. Liverpool born and bred, McGough also dabbled in pop singing and song-writing as a member of The Scaffold, where one of his band mates was Mike McCartney, brother of Beatles member Paul.

McGough embraces freedom of expression through his poems’ subject matter and verse structure and is known for writing accessible and popular poetry. Sky in the Pie (1983) and Bad, Bad Cats (1997) earned Roger McGough two Signal Poetry Awards for outstanding work in children’s poetry. Other collections include Defying Gravity (1992), The Way Things Are (1999), and joinedupwriting (2019).

Full details : http://www.artsrichmond.org.uk/ar-event-detail.php?id=198