Primers Mentoring and Publication Scheme

Primers Volume Six: edited by Rishi Dastidar

Closed for 2021, re-opening 2023. Primers is a biannual mentoring and publication scheme organised by Nine Arches Press, now in its sixth edition. It provides a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion. We’re delighted to announce that the selecting editor and mentor for Primers Volume Six is poet Rishi Dastidar.

Previous winners include poets Romalyn Ante, Sarala Estruch, Aviva Dautch, Cynthia Miller, Ben Bransfield, Marvin Thompson, Katie Griffiths, Geraldine Clarkson, Lucy Ingrams, Maureen Cullen, Amelia Loulli, Victoria Richards, Lewis Buxton, Hannah Jane Walker, Claire Cox and Krystelle Bamford. Could it be you next time?

The three selected poets will receive mentoring from poet Rishi Dastidar, author of Saffron Jack and Ticker-Tape, and editor of The Craft, editorial support from Nine Arches Press editor and Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellow Jane Commane, and publication in Primers Volume Six in summer 2022, followed by events and readings.

There are up to 25 free entries available for writers on a low income who would not otherwise be able to afford to enter.