Robert Graves Poetry Prize

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Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2019

In partnership with Roehampton University


Judges: Paul O'Prey and Peter Straus


Sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects

£1000 prize for winning entry


The Prize is now CLOSED


The Robert Graves Poetry prize is now open and accepting submissions. The Prize is a collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre, based at the university, and Wimbledon BookFest. We are so glad that Marcus Beale Architects continue to sponsor the prize into its third year.

The prize is unrestricted by location, genre, or subject, and is open to everyone. The Prize will be given to the best single poem submitted, multiple entries are encouraged but poems will be judged separately.

The winner will be announced at a special prize giving event at our October Festival. The winner will receive £1000 and two runner ups will both receive £100. All three winners will be published in Poem Magazine, the Roehampton Poetry Centre’s annual journal.

Last year's prize was awarded to Clive Watkins for his poem 'Mirror, Mirror'.

The 2017 prize was won by Octavia Lamb with her poem 'Ivor Gurney Goes to War'.

The prize was named after poet, historical novelist and critic Robert Graves and offers an opportunity for emerging and established poets to be recognised for their skill by the one of country’s leading centres for poetry, and renowned charity festival.

The 2019 Robert Graves Prize will be awarded at Wimbledon BookFest 3-13th October (date tbc).


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