Poetry Can is one of the few poetry development agencies in the UK. It is the poetry organisation working to
promote poetry in the south west of England. It is dedicated to supporting the creative and professional
development of poets of all ages and levels of experience, and to increasing and promoting opportunities for
everyone to take part in and enjoy poetry. We present, promote and support a range of high profile events
each year, including the Bristol Poetry Festival and Bristol Spring Poetry Festival. We organise poetry projects
and activities with schools, and with a wide and diverse range of organisations and community-based groups.
Membership costs £3.00 per month (you might think of it as buying poetry a cup of coffee and a bun once a
month!) and we will ask you to pay this by a standing order with your bank.
Members entering the Bristol Poetry Prize will be entitled to two free subsequent entries and also, up to three
poetry surgeries (cost for non-members: £15 per surgery) per year without charge.
By becoming a member of Poetry Can you will be saying in a very practical way that you believe in the
importance and possibilities of poetry.
The judge is the much respected, much loved poet: Penelope Shuttle.
There are three excellent prizes to be won:
1st Prize: £600, plus a twenty minute reading at Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2015
2nd Prize: £300, plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2015
3rd Prize: £100, plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Spring Poetry Festival 2015
Closing date: Friday 9 January 2015
All profits raised by this competition will be used to help fund Bristol Spring Poetry Festival and Bristol Poetry
The Bristol Poetry Prize is organised by Poetry Can. Founded in Bristol in 1995, Poetry Can is the poetry
development agency for the South West and one of the key poetry organisations in the U.K. The Bristol Poetry
Festival and Bristol Spring Poetry Festival support the work of local, national and international poets and
performers as well as providing a showcase for poetry/education projects developed by poets working with
groups in the community in Bristol.
By entering the Bristol Poetry Prize you will be directly supporting Bristol Poetry Festivals.
Welcome to the Poetry Can website
This site is a portal to the world of poetry in the South West of England.
You can also sign up for our monthly south west poetry newsletter here: www.poetrycan.co.uk/contact
Poetry Can organises both Bristol Spring Poetry Festival and Bristol Poetry Festival every year. These festivals feature local national and international poets, to see some of the poets who have appeared at the festival over the past years click the image below.