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The Elmet Poetry Prizes 2018

Email entries only

Adjudicator: Yvonne Reddick  

Yvonne Reddick won a Northern Writers’ Award for her poetry in 2016. Her poetry pamphlet Translating Mountains (Seren Books, 2017) won the Mslexia Poetry Pamphlet Prize. Her poems have appeared in magazines including Stand and Shearsman. She is Research Fellow in Modern English and World Literatures at UCLAN, where she researches literature’s engagement with environmental issues. Her book Ted Hughes: Environmentalist and Ecopoet has recently been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The Elmet Poetry Prize 2018

First Prize: £200; Second Prize: £100; Third Prize: £50

We’d like to read poems written in response to ‘Epiphany’by Ted Hughes (Birthday Letters, Faber & Faber, 1998).

The Ted Hughes Young Poets Award 2018

Age groups: 6-10; 11-14; 15-18. 

First Prize in each age group: £50 and a Runner-up Prize: £25

We’d like to read poems written in response to the final three lines of ‘My Own True Family’ by Ted Hughes (Collected Poems for Children, Faber & Faber, 2005).

“This was my dream beneath the boughs, the dream that altered me.

When I came out of the oak wood, back to human company,

My walk was the walk of a human child, but my heart was a tree.”

Conditions of Entry


1. Poems must be: in English, the poet’s own work, unpublished, & not accepted for publication elsewhere.

2. Please attach your entries to an email, addressed to Please state the poet’s name, address & contact number on the covering email.

3. Each poem must be on a separate attachment.

4. For adults, you may enter up to three poems, at a fee of £10 per poem.

5. For children and young people, up to two poems may be submitted by a parent, guardian, or teacher, with no entry fee. Please state your relationship to the child on the covering email.

6. Please pay entry fees by bank transfer to the Elmet Trust Ltd (Sort Code 20-35-84, Account Number 00834998) adding your name as a payment reference. If you are unable to pay entry fees by bank transfer, please contact the Elmet Trust Membership Secretary at

7. The closing date for submissions is Friday 14th September 2018.

8. We will notify the shortlisted poets by email.

9. The winners will be announced at the Ted Hughes Festival in October 2018.

10. The results & winning poems will appear on the Elmet Trust Website.

11. Poems cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.

12. No poet can win more than one prize.

13. Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Elmet Trust reserves the right to publish the winning poems for one year after the announcement of the results.

14. The judges’ decisions are final; no correspondence can be entered into.

15. The submission of poems for either of the Elmet Trust Poetry Prizes will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.


The Elmet Trust Poetry Prizes 2018 are supported by the University of Huddersfield




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