Launching on Earth Day: The Julian Lennon Prize for Poetry
"I've always thought of lyrics as poetry, though some may disagree… Though if by rhythmic word/sentences, one can take away a sense of emotion, a landscape, or a scene/observation in life, personally I would consider that Poetry… I would just like to say, I'm honoured to judge this competition for aspiring poets across the U.K. and Ireland, and look forward to reading through all of the applicants’ work, to find someone, who has a special gift for communicating & relating a time & a place, a special moment, or just free thought, that captures My imagination & heart…” — Julian Lennon
(Photo by Deborah Anderson)
We are proud to present the first Julian Lennon Prize for Poetry, with £1,000 in prize money for the winner, in support of The White Feather Foundation and the conservation of life.
First Prize: £1,000
Second Prize: £500
Third Prize: £200
Highly Commendable Entries will also be selected.
The prize will be judged by Julian Lennon, Jehane Markham and Seán Street - with Julian Lennon having sole final decision over the final winners.
Read more about the work of The White Feather Foundation and how they are committed to the betterment and conservation of life.
Launching on Earth Day 2021, one of the largest poetry prizes in the UK and Ireland, the Julian Lennon Prize for Poetry aims to support the emerging and aspiring talents while also supporting the work of The White Feather Foundation. Your entry will be read by our panel of judges, with the ultimate winner decided by Julian Lennon.
We will champion you not only as one of our winners but as part of our alumni, part of the Folklore family, following the success of Jenny Mitchell and other winners in the Folklore Prize 2020.
The Julian Lennon Prize for Poetry is open to writers of any nationality writing in English aged 16 and over at the time of the closing date - entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.
Entries must be entirely your own work. Any evidence to the contrary will result in disqualification.
While entries that have been published on your personal social media accounts are allowed, entries must not have been published in print, self-published, or have won or been placed (2nd, 3rd, runner up etc) in any other competition.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed but should they win a prize elsewhere or be published prior to the date of prize giving your poem will be ineligible. You must inform us immediately should your entry be published or win a prize elsewhere.
Please ensure you read the rules carefully before entering the competition and email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment details are below. Entries will be anonymised before sending to the judges.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules.
IMPORTANT: All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle etc on the document.
Please adhere to the word limit (40 lines - excluding title/dedication but including enjambment).
In keeping with our environmental support for The White Feather Foundation, this competition launches on Earth Day and closes on World Environment Day - midnight on Saturday June 5th, 2021. Inspired by the photography of Julian Lennon and the conservation of life theme, we give writers full creative license. This competition supports the work of The White Feather Foundation. Entries can be in any style or form, with some relation to nature, the environment or the conservation of life - however subtle it may be - open to the poet's interpretation. You can enter up to five poems but please check you are submitting the correct version of your work before uploading as mistakes cannot be rectified later. If you find you have submitted the wrong version or have made a mistake in the work, you can withdraw it and resubmit a corrected version with the word FINAL included in the file name. No further fees are needed. Entries can be withdrawn by notification in writing. We want to keep it broad in terms of inspiration for poets - whether from the photography of Julian Lennon or your own experiences in nature and the betterment of life. If you have any queries around theme, please contact email@example.com.
The deadline date for entries is 12 midnight (UK time) on World Environment Day, June 5th 2021.
Poetry: 40 lines max. No minimum. Title not included in the line count. Dedications not included in the line count.
£10 for your first entry. Any subsequent entries are £5 each. The maximum number of entries you can submit is five.
Discount: For April (Poetry Month), the first poem fee is £8, and subsequent entries £3.
For unemployed/low-income earners, it is free to enter (with relevant documenting evidence attached).
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The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries. Judging is fair and unbiased. Julian Lennon will make the ultimate decision on the winning entries.
Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author but Folklore Publishing and The White Feather Foundation has unrestricted rights to publish the winning and highly commended poems. After 12 months, all copyright returns to the writer. If your poem is reproduced elsewhere within the first 12 months, it should note that it was a winning entry in The Julian Lennon Prize for Poetry.
Winners and highly commended poets will be notified by email in June / July.
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Born in Liverpool, England, Julian Lennon began his artistic trajectory at a young age with an inherent gift for playing musical instruments. Those abilities would soon broaden into the cinematic and visual arts. As an observer of life in all its forms, Julian developed his personal expression through such mediums as music, fine-art photography, documentary filmmaking, philanthropy and writing. He has also been recognised worldwide for his humanitarian efforts as the founder of The White Feather Foundation.
Martin Connolly is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, consultant in social value and procurement, and founder of Folklore Publishing. He serves on the Council of Governors for the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, London. He was the editor of Secret Chords: A Poetry Anthology of the Best of the Folklore Prize, released in February 2021 to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Seán Street is a writer, poet, broadcaster, and Britain's first Professor of Radio. He retired from full-time academic life in 2011 and was awarded an Emeritus Professorship by Bournemouth University. He continues to write and broadcast. He is also a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Seán Street's latest book of poems is The Sound Recordist, published by Maytree Press in March 2021. Last year he published The Sound of a Room: Memory and the Auditory Presence of Place (Routledge, 2020). Between 2017 and 2019, Palgrave Macmillan published his Sound Poetics trilogy: Sound Poetics (2017) Sound at the Edge of Perception (2018) and The Sound Inside the Silence (2019). Other prose includes The Poetry of Radio – The Colour of Sound (Routledge, 2013), followed by The Memory of Sound – Preserving the Sonic Past, also by Routledge, (2014).
Dramatist, lyricist and acclaimed poet, Jehane Markham is co-founder of Rough Wind Productions and has produced several books, CDs and tapes. She has worked in Radio, Television and Theatre. Her work for radio includes adaptations of modern classics such as The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Frost in May by Antonia White as well as original plays, Thanksgiving and More Cherry Cake. Lawrence and Frieda was an acclaimed drama documentary on the life of D.H. Lawrence.
"Jehane Markham is a true poet. Many of her poems glow like Impressionist paintings. You can taste the colours – a red cupboard hotter than love ’ the yellow dazzle of straw in a barn – glinting turquoise water and the tingle of silver." - Adrian Mitchell.
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