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The Walter Swan Poetry Prize is a competition for writers of poetry aged 18 and over. The prize is run by Ilkley Literature Festival in partnership with The Walter Swan Trust. Now in its fifth year, the prize was established in memory of writer Walter Swan. In previous years, prize winners have been praised for their unique voices, precise use of language, powers of observation and use of fresh imagery, and qualities such as lyricism and musicality.

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Country of Publication

United Kingdom

Publication Medium & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience.
Genres:
General General
Poetry Forms:
Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Other (May vary).
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemUp to 30 lines.
Winner's Prize:
We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMulti-EntriesMedia
OK OK No Unknown OKText format submissions
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Dates

Last Updated: 16 Nov 2022
Last Checked: 30 Jan 2023 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 16 Nov 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 24 Apr 2020

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