The entry criteria for poems submitted to this competition is that they should be broadly religious or "spiritual" in nature and like all good religious poetry, appeal to those who would not describe themselves as "religious". They encourage poetry from a range of faith traditions and poems are welcome in any style or form and will be judged on their merits. The prizes are £450 for first place with £250 and £150 for second and third places respectively. The winners and seven runners-up will be invited to read their poetry at the Manchester Literature Festival in October. The closing date for entries to this competition is Friday the 30th of June 2017, so plenty of time to get the pen out. The entry fees are £4.50 for the first poem and £2.00 per poem thereafter. The winning poem will be printed in Cathedral News November 2017. The first, second and third prize-winners and seven runners up will be published by the Cathedral in the Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2017 Booklet.
Check out all details and entry conditions at: www.manchestercathedral.org/poetry
The judge for 2017 is Jane Commane who is a poet, tutor and editor at Nine Arches Press, and co-editor on Under the Radar Magazine. You can download an entry form from the above website address.