Two Opportunities for Poets

Wednesday 27 November 2013

By Sunday the core programme for StAnza 2014 will be online, so keep watching this space. Meantime we thought we’d pass on details about these two opportunities for poets.

There are just three days left to apply to become a cinnamon poet. The newly redesigned Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize closes at the end of November. It's an opportunity to win £500 plus a publishing contract for a full length collection. Past winners have gone on to be short-listed for the Forward Prize for best first collection; have won the Scottish Arts Council Best First Book of the Year (Jane McKie, who read at StAnza a couple of years ago) and featured in the Forward Anthology. Runners up in the Cinnamon Press competition will also appear in the expanded, all-poetry anthology.

The competition will be adjudicated by two poets who took part at StAnza last year, Helen Ivory and Martin Figura. Entry is £12 for an initial ten poems (short listed poets will be asked to send further work). Work should not have appeared previously in a full length collection, but may have been published in magazines, online or in pamphlets. Full details here.

And if you are aged 18-30, there's just one week left for playwrights, poets and novelists in that age group to apply for the £30,000 Sky Academy Arts Scholarships (previously known as the Futures Fund). The final deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 6 December.

Sky, in association with IdeasTap, is giving away five £30,000 bursaries and mentoring support to talented artists aged 18-30 from the UK and Ireland. Find out more and apply at