Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics

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Closed in March 2021.

Over the course of the Ledbury Poetry Critics scheme, you will be assigned a poetry critic mentor with experience reviewing for national journals, magazines (print and online) and broadsheet newspapers. This year, the LPC team is delighted to be joined by mentors Sandeep Parmar, Sarah Howe, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Jane Yeh, Will Harris, Jay G Ying, Vahni Capildeo, Kit Fan, Nisha Ramayya, Jeremy Noel-Tod, Dzifa Benson, Jade Cuttle, Dave Coates, Khairani Barokka, Leo Boix and Seán Hewitt.

You may already be an emerging critic with a few published reviews, have some or no critical or academic background, or you might be strongly committed to becoming a poetry critic in the very near future and keen to explore issues of diversity in British poetry.

The scheme involves:
● At least five one-to-one mentorship meetings (to be conducted virtually) with one of our mentors
● Critical feedback on the writing of poetry criticism and on a poetry review between April 2021 and December 2021. These reviews will be pitched to the editors of the Times Literary Supplement and Poetry School
● The opportunity to build a community with other critics of colour through informal virtual meet-ups and the scheme’s “buddy system”
● Future advancement opportunities, such as undertaking one of LPC’s 10 Editor-in-Residence positions across our partner publications or becoming an LPC mentor
● An online resource library where critics can share information

Please note that this scheme is unfortunately only open to poets/critics resident in the UK. Travel and accommodation as well as costs associated with mentorship and residency/events are entirely covered. Find out more here.