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Saturday, April 15, 2017

First Bread and Roses Poetry Competition 2017

A note from Mike Quille of Culture Matters:

Bread and Roses Poetry Award

Culture Matters is a web platform ( which promotes a progressive political approach to the arts and other cultural activities. In partnership with Unite the Union, we are pleased to announce a new poetry award, sponsored by Unite. It is called the Bread and Roses Poetry Award, and is now open for submissions.
The purpose of the new Award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with poetry.
There is a £500 cash prize for the winner, £250 second prize and £100 third prize. The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite.
Submission Guidelines
The guidelines are as follows:
Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, in English, and not have been previously published in print or online. Entry is open to everyone regardless of trade union membership, and is free.

Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.
Poems should be sent via email to:, or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE. The deadline for receipt of submissions is midnight on 31st May 2017. Entries will be anonymised before judging. The winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Unite conference in Durham in July.
When emailing or posting submissions please provide your name, email or postal address, and phone number.
All entries remain the copyright of the author but Culture Matters and Unite will have the right to publish and/or broadcast them online and in other media.

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