Competitions

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Indigo Spring Poetry Prize - entry guidelines
Indigo Autumn Poetry Prize - RESULTS
Indigo First Collection Competition - WINNERS (Scroll down)
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INDIGO SPRING POETRY PRIZE 2024

ENTRY DEADLINE 22nd APRIL 2024

PRIZES: 1st £250; 2nd £100; 3rd £50 plus magazine publication

JUDGE

VIC PICKUP

Vic has won the Café Writers and Cupid’s Arrow Competitions, and been shortlisted for the National Poetry Day #speakyourtruth prize on YouTube. Vic’s debut pamphlet Lost & Found was released by Hedgehog Press in 2020 and her micro-pamphlet ‘What colour is my brain?’, co-written with Jules Whiting, came out in 2022. Currently working as a doctoral researcher in the Mills & Boon archives at Reading University, Vic also co-hosts Reading’s Poets’ Café and Poets’ Café Online. www.vicpickup.com

Her collection The Omniscient Tooth Fairy was published by Indigo Dreams in 2023.

POEMS: Any subject. 40 lines max from first line and including stanza breaks

SUBMISSION: Email or Post (see below)

ENTRY FEE: £5 per poem; £9 for two; £12 for three. You may submit as many poems as you wish with the correct fee.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

1.The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

2. Poems must be your own work on any subject and not have been previously published in any public form nor be available for future prize consideration or publication elsewhere prior to results announcement.

3. Entries should be typed, single spaced, in 11 point Word doc or Rich Text Font. No PDFs please.

4. Entries are judged anonymously so poems must not bear any identifying marks. Poems with any identifying marks will be disqualified.

5. EMAIL: Send to competitions@indigodreams.co.uk ONLY. No other email address may be used. Subject Heading: Spring Poetry Prize. This Subject Heading, with exact wording and capitalisation, is essential for our anonymity procedure. Send one email with name, address and PayPal transaction number. List the titles of poems submitted. Attach poems to your email with titles but no name or identifying marks. Each single poem should be on a separate page if more than one.

6. POST: Enclose poems with titles but no identifying marks. In a separate enclosed envelope add a note with Name, Address and titles of poems plus q cheque for the correct amount to ‘IDP’ only.

For receipt and/or results sheet, enclose SAE(s) marked RECEIPT / RESULTS. Send to Indigo Spring Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

7. We regret that we are unable to return poems or amend them after entry.

8. Copyright remains with the authors and by submitting to this competition you are agreeing to the name details of winners to be displayed on our website, social media and elsewhere.

RESULTS will be published here by 28th MAY 2024.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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INDIGO AUTUMN POETRY PRIZE 2023

THE RESULTS

PRIZES: 1st £250; 2nd £100; 3rd £50

plus magazine publication

Thank you to everyone who entered, for supporting this competition .

JUDGE

CHRIS HEMINGWAY

Chris Hemingway is a poet and songwriter from Gloucestershire. His most recent pamphlet ‘Tea Stains on the Reading List’ was published by Hedgehog Press in 2023, and previous publications include ‘paperfolders’ (Indigo Dreams 2021) and ‘Party in the Diaryhouse’ (Picaroon 2018)

Chris works as an accountant in the NHS, and also volunteers for Cheltenham Poetry Festival and Cheltenham Parkrun, sometimes on the same day.

1st Prize

2nd Prize

3rd Prize

You, Faustus by Andy Breckenridge

hotwater bottle by Mary Mulholland

Body of Water by Valerie Jack

INDIGO FIRST COLLECTION COMPETITION

Thank you to everyone for taking part in the competition. The standard of writing filled us both with huge optimism for the future of poetry. All those mentioned had the potential to be fine collections, worthy of being given a wider audience. Please feel encouraged by this, even if you weren't one of our winners.

More competition opportunities will be coming up soon!

ONEIRONAUT by Leah Larwood

FRAGILE ISLANDS by Christine Hollywood

THE WINNERS