SPS has held the annual Crabbe poetry competition since 1954, which is open to all who were born, educated or live in Suffolk or are SPS members.
This year we are welcoming Anne-Marie Fyfe, one-time chair of the Poetry Society, as our adjudicator. She hails from the Glens of Antrim (Thackeray’s Switzerland in miniature) but has travelled far and wide and now lives in Chiswick, West London.
Coastlines are important to her, and she is familiar with Suffolk’s as well as many others on both sides of the Atlantic. She contributed to Poetry in Aldeburgh, as recently as November 2019 and has a very busy schedule.
Anne-Marie has run many poetry classes, workshops, readings and also residential courses. In 1997 she initiated Coffeehouse Poetry at the Troubadour and ten years later the Troubadour International Poetry Prize. She is a Poetry Coordinator for the John Hewitt International Festival in Armagh.
She has published several books, some of poetry, others including travel writing and even press cuttings and can be seen and heard on YouTube.
First Prize: £600
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £150
Two Highly Commended Prizes of £75
All winning poems (including commended poems not attracting a monetary prize) will be read, preferably by their authors, at a celebratory Awards Event in October 2021 and will be included in the 2021 Crabbe Poetry Prize Anthology.
- Entrants should either have been born, or educated, work or be resident in Suffolk, or be a member of Suffolk Poetry Society.
- Poems should be in English and a maximum of 50 lines.
- Poems must be the writer’s own work, not published, broadcast, on a website, or currently entered in any other competition.
- Each poem must be typed twice on separate pages and submitted in DUPLICATE with the fee. The poet’s name should appear on one copy only.
- The adjudicator’s decision is final.
- No entrant can win more than one monetary prize.
- Only winners will be notified. Winners will be listed on the website in September 2021.
- The Press will also be notified of the winning poets and poems.
- Copyright of the poem remains with the poet, with permission to Suffolk Poetry Society to publish any winning poem free of charge.
Entry fees: £3 for each poem.
Closing date: 15 June 2021.