Jack Clemo Poetry Competition 2018

Jack Clemo Sculpture

The competition continues to attract entries from around the UK.

The primary aim is to encourage poetry per se. We wish to see Christians writing better and better poetry and that poetry should not exist in some kind of ghetto land, but it should be out there in the forefront of artistic forms roaring away and making its presence felt.

This is the sculpture, made from Cornish stone, and is held by the winner of the competition for a year.

Jack Clemo Drawing by Heather Spears

Drawing by Heather Spears

In addition to holding the sculpture for one year, the winner receives a cheque for £100.

There is a monetary reward of £75 for the second and £50 for the third. The winning entries will be published on this website and the awards will be presented at a prestigious public event in the autumn.

The Award Occasion

The awards are presented by someone prominent in either literary, religious or media fields. In 2016, at the competition which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Clemo, we welcomed the Bishop of Truro,Right Reverend Tim Thornton.

How to Enter

Entrants could enter up to three poems each of up to 40 lines in length. The subject matter this year should in some way spin off the sentence:

"Those moments we always come back to".


The Judges

The competition is being administered by Tony Jasper. The judges in the past have included some well known writers and editors, as well as several with publishing contacts. They have included Stewart Henderson, one of the UK’s leading poets and known especially for his long running BBC Radio 4 series of ’Questions. Questions.’ and Adrian Plass, best selling author.

Other Judges have also included:

Moira Andrews, Education Lecturer with children’s and adult’s poems in publication,
Christine Smith, Publishing Director/Manager Canterbury Press.
Isabel Hariades, freelance with Harvey Miller, Thames and Hudson, Macmillan & Jonathan Cape publishers.
Heather Martin, Associate Professor of Religion at Principia College IN.
Dr Gemma Goodman, Associate Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Warwick University
Garry Tregidga, Associate Lecturer of the Institute of Cornish Studies

Specific Terms & Conditions:

Poems should not have been previously published, i.e. published in book form or in an anthology of writers. Copyright of the poems will remain with the author. The author gives non-exclusive permission to ACG to publish their prize winning entry on ACG’s website and in ACG’s monthly newsletter. There will be no other form of publication by ACG without the author’s permission. All publication enquiries, whether from ACG or from a third party, will be referred to the copyright holder.

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Tony Jasper Competition Administrator