Keele University brings back prestigious Roy Fisher Prize for Poetry

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Posted on 30 November 2017

Creative writers from across Staffordshire are being encouraged to submit examples of their poetry for a chance to see their work published.

The Roy Fisher Prize for Poetry, endowed by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, is being resurrected by Keele University after a three-year hiatus in honour of distinguished poet and former lecturer Roy Fisher – who taught at Keele University from 1971 to 1982 – who passed away earlier this year.

Formerly a contest exclusively for Keele University students and staff, the competition has now been expanded to enable any and all residents within the creative county to enter. The prize is to have their work published by Flarestack.

Keele University is calling for submissions which must be received no later than Friday 15 December 2017. The winner will be announced on 31 January 2018, with the winning pamphlet launched in April 2018.

Professor David Amigoni, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Keele University, said:

“The Roy Fisher Prize for Poetry is a perfect way to celebrate the creativity within our county, and we are urging Staffordshire residents to enter the competition and be in with a chance of voicing their thoughts and having their work published.

“We are so proud to bring back the Roy Fisher Prize for Poetry in honour of our former colleague. Staffordshire has long been known as the ‘creative county’, and without doubt, Roy Fisher played a huge part in this legacy.

Visit Arts Keele to find out more and to enter.