Putting together a poetry pamphlet masterclass

Young Poets Masterclass: Putting together a poetry pamphlet for submission
Sunday 31st Jan – 11.00 to 3/3.30pm on Zoom.
Application deadline: Midnight saturday 16th January 2021

Are you a young poet between the ages of 17 and 30? Do you have a number of strong poems that you’d like to shape into a pamphlet submission for the New Poets Prize Poetry Business pamphlet competition, or another submission, but feel unsure how to go about it?

Hive have teamed up again with purveyors of fine contemporary poetry, The Poetry Business, to offer an intensive writing and editing masterclass for young poets in the north at a stage where they would like to take their poetry further.

This is an exciting opportunity to look at shaping a body of work and gain advice and guidance from poet and New Poets Prize editor, Suzannah Evans. Vicky Morris, who’s mentored several New Poets winners from Hive, will also be there to give tips and answer questions.

The intensive two-part workshop (with a break) will involve some warm-up writing exercises, looking at existing pamphlets and discussing the editing and ordering of poems. You’ll consider how you can strengthening and building on a potential pamphlet submission, wherever you’re thinking of submitting to.

In the run-up to the masterclass, participants will be posted out a Poetry Business Pamphlet, which they will be asked to read, and feedback on as part of the session’s activities. Expect a fast paced, supportive and easy-going atmosphere.

For more about the New Poets Award (deadline 1st March 2021), click here.

Who can apply?
Priority will be given to poets aged 17 to 24 years of age on 1st March 2020 (the deadline for the New Poets Prize), and living, or with a home address, in Yorkshire or the nearby north (inc. Derbyshire, NW Lincolnshire & Manchester). If that’s not you, but you are interested in this opportunity, do drop us a line anyway in case there is still room or we can signpost you to further opportunities in future). We’re also happy to hear from poets 25 to 30 (again subject to space).

If you are unsure whether you’re at a stage where you’re ready to apply, drop Vicky a line to discuss at: vicky@hivesouthyorkshire.com

Cost: The Masterclass costs just £10 and includes a Poetry Business Pamphlet worth £5/£7.50. Places limited. (We can reduce this for a number of places if it’s in any way a barrier so do let us know) We are always keen to hear from young writers from diverse backgrounds, and those who feel they wouldn’t normally access this kind of opportunity.

To apply: Send 5 to 7 of your best poems of any length (in one word document), each starting a new page, with a statement of interest on the first page – no longer than 400 words, to include: why you would like to be considered for this opportunity, your experience of poetry so far, any writing aspirations you’d like to share, and anything else you’re like us to know. Also include your date of birth and where you reside in the north.

Send your application to poetrypamphlet@hivesouthyorkshire.com by midnight the evening of 16th January 2021

The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize runs alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 35 years. Previous winners of the New Poets Prize have included several South Yorkshire young poets including Warda Yassin, Georgie Woodhead and Lauren Hollingsworth Smith.

The Poetry Business publishes books, pamphlets and audio under the Smith/Doorstop imprint, and new imprint The New Poets List. They also publish literary magazine The North, and run Writing Days, the Writing School, and the International Book and Pamphlet Competition.

Suzannah Evans lives in Sheffield. Her pamphlet Confusion Species was a winner in the 2012 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition and her debut collection Near Future was published by Nine Arches Press in 2018. She works as assistant editor for the Poetry Business. Suzannah was the winner of a Gladstone’s Library residency in October 2019 for Near Future, and her poem ‘Helpline’ was Poem of the Week on The Guardian. Her second poetry collection is forthcoming in 2022.

Vicky Morris is a poet, mentor and editor based in Sheffield. She’s been published in places like The Rialto, The Interpreter’s House, The North and Under the Radar. She won first place in the Prole Laureate Competition 2019 and the Aurora Poetry Prize 2020, and was one of ten shortlisted in the Magma Pamphlet Competition 2020. Vicky has built young writers’ provision in South Yorkshire for many years, founding Hive in 2016. She won a Northern Writers Award in 2014 and is currently a contributing editor at Poetry Wales.

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