Creative Manchester Poetry Competition 2021

Micropoetry competition 2021, theme space, prize £500. "Can you fit the universe into 280 characters?"

Open, closing midnight Monday 21 June 2021.

To celebrate the ‘Year of Space’, participants are invited to write a micropoem themed around space and tweet it with the hashtag #micropoem21. Can you express yourself in 280 characters? Maybe you can include the solar system, stars, comets, asteroids or meteorites, the possibilities are endless!

One submission will be accepted per person. In the event that multiple entries are submitted, only the first entry will be judged.

Prizes for the best three poems are:

  • 1st prize £500
  • 2 runner up prizes, each at £250
  • 10 pairs of tickets for Literature Live, autumn 2021 programme

Authors of the top three micropoems will be invited to attend an Awards / Celebration event in September 2021 and to read their poem (should they wish to), along with published poets. 

The competition will be judged by:

  • John McAuliffe, Professor of Poetry at The University of Manchester and co-director at the Centre for New Writing
  • Maryam Hessavi, Manchester-based Poet and Critic
  • Lemn Sissay, The University of Manchester Chancellor, Poet and Writer
  • Michael McKimm, Poet and Librarian at the Geological Society of London