This prize is given in tribute to writers connected to Mirehouse – the historic house and garden near Keswick – who include Tennyson, Wordsworth, Southey, Fitzgerald and Carlyle. The prize is also a celebration of the work of today’s talented poets and is organised in association with the Words by the Water festival.
The closing date for entries is Monday 14 February. First prize is £350, and this year’s theme is taken from a quote by Tennyson – “But what am I?” (to be interpreted freely). The judge is Jackie Kay.
The prize-winning poem and eight highly commended poems will be displayed on the Mirehouse Poetry Walk and appear on the Mirehouse website. The eight highly commended poets will each receive a box of new books (value £100). There will be a reading of these nine poems at an event with Jackie Kay at Mirehouse on Saturday 12 March at 3.00pm.