Poetry Can is delighted to present the South West Poetry Awards to record and celebrate the most significant
contributions to poetry and poetry development in the South West of England.
The Awards, made from beautiful Bristol Blue Glass will be awarded annually and will take account of the many ways poetry is
practiced and enjoyed, on the page, on the stage and in the community.
There are six South West Poetry Awards:
The Poetry Publication Award
The Poetry Work With Children and Young People Award
The Contribution to Poetry Development Award
The Individual Poet Award
The Individual Performance Poet Award
The Special Recognition Award
The first five of the six awards will go to the person, group or organisation that have, in the judges' opinion,
made the most significant impact or contribution to poetry and poetry development in the South West of England
between (for the first year of the South West Poetry Awards ) 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.
The Special Recognition Award will be awarded to the individual who has, in the judges' opinion, made a
distinguished contribution to poetry and poetry development over at least twenty years.
Deadline for nominations is April 28th 2013
The first winners will be announced in September 2013 and the Awards will be presented at
Bristol Poetry Festival 2013.
The South West Poetry Awards are administered by Poetry Can. Nominations can be made by anyone who is
resident or working in the South West of England, and the winner will be decided by three judges, appointed by
Poetry Can director Colin Brown said "It's wonderful to launch these awards, I believe they will make an impact
in raising awareness of the range and vitality of the ways in which poetry is made and enjoyed by people in the
South West each and every day … "
Download nomination forms here: