The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize is now open!

The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize celebrates new poetry, using themes to stimulate creativity in both an Open category and a Young category.

The Portico Library launched the Portico Poetry Prize in 2012 with two categories: Open (Over 16s) and Young (Under 18s). This prize was piloted with independent funding by Lynne and David Allan and following the great success of the first year, was established as a significant member of the Portico Literary Prize family. The criteria for the prizes of the first two years were themed on Charles Dickens (2012) and Correspondence (2013). First, second and third places are assigned to the top three entries in both categories. Winners of the Open category receive cash prizes and all winning entries are included in a Poetry anthology. In addition, the Open category facilitates the opportunity for young people to win a higher prize.
The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize 2014 is now open!

In 2014 The Portico Library has joined with The Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds to present the third year of this ever-growing poetry competition.
***Entries to the Open Category must be accompanied by an entry fee of £5 for the first poem and £2.50 for each additional poem. Only Sterling cheques, postal and money orders or BACS will be accepted. Cheques must be drawn from UK banks.
Poems should have no more than 40 lines each, not including the title.
Poems must be in English and the original work of the entrant. Translations will not be accepted.
Competitors may enter as many poems as they wish. Poems can be submitted by post or email.
Entries must not have been previously published, broadcast, appeared on a website, or be awaiting the decision of any publisher or competition.
The Portico Library retains the right to use prize-winning poetry in connection with services, events, displays and publications arranged by the Portico Library although copyright remains with the author.
Poems will be judged anonymously and must be accompanied by an entry form. Entry forms may be photocopied.
Entries must be received by 31st August 2014
The Judges’ decision is final
No entrant may win more than one prize.
The competition organisers regret that poems cannot be returned.
For more information please contact  – by email: or by telephone: 0161 236 6785



Fiona Gell

Fiona is a lifelong reading enthusiast and book lover. Her career started as a bookseller and has never really veered away from the written and spoken word. It was a dream for her to be a founder member of The Leeds Big Bookend and the Northern Short Story Festival. She continues to be its Director.

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