Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Sunday 11 October 2015


There's good news from our friends at Coffee-House Poetry in London. Troubadour's annual international poetry prize offers £5,000 for its top prize and that's just one of many prizes. The winners are also invited to read at the famous Troubadour in London's Earl Court. The prize, sponsored by Cegin Productions, is always one to watch. This year the judges are Jean Sprackland and John McAuliffe, with both judges reading all the poems. The deadline for submissions is Monday 19th October so you have plenty time to send them some of your poems.

Here are the full details and rules. Good luck to those of you who enter!

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500
plus 20 prizes of £25 each
plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe on mon 30th nov 2015
…for all prize-winning poets

Submissions, via e-mail or post, by mon 19th oct 2015


John McAuliffe (b. Listowel, Co. Kerry, 1973) has published four books with The Gallery Press: A Better Life (2002), Next Door (2007), Of All Places (PBS Recommendation, 2011) and The Way In (2015). He lives in Manchester where he teaches at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing and writes a monthly poetry column for the Irish Times.

Jean Sprackland (b. 1962) is author of four collections of poetry, Tattoos for Mothers Day (Spike, 1997), Hard Water (Cape, 2003), Tilt (Cape, 2007) & Sleeping Keys (Random House, 2013), & Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach (Cape, 2012). Originally from Burton upon Trent, she studied English & Philosophy at the University of Kent & is a Trustee of the Poetry Archive.

Fees: All entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5/€6/$8 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); entries only included when payment received

The rules, submission information and full details for those who would like to enter are online at