Alan Sillitoe Open Poetry Competition

When entering a competition it’s always nice to know where the entry fees are going. The Alan Sillitoe Open Poetry

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Competition is raising funds to commission a statue of him, in Nottingham (£50,000 is needed). Alan died in 2010 and was one of Nottingham’s most distinguished 20th century writers.

Poems can be on any subject but must be no more than 40 lines. Entry fee is £3 (or £10 for 4 poems). Entry is by post only. The closing date is 10th January 2012 and winners will be notified in February. Full details are here.

If you are a fan of Sillitoe’s work (Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner etc.) you can make a donation to the statue fund here and be mentioned on their ‘Wall of Honour’.


  1. #1 by blogaboutwriting on December 1, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    Sally, thanks for highlighting this – I will have a go (now, before I forget!). Nice to see that you can pay by Paypal and email too. I can’t be doing with printing things out and posting them these days!

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on December 1, 2011 - 6:34 pm

      Helen – thanks for correcting me. At first glance I thought it was postal entry, but you’re right about the email. Good Luck!

  2. #3 by blogaboutwriting on January 5, 2012 - 7:42 pm

    It’s taken me a little while, but I’ve now entered this poetry competition too (having a little mad splurge at the beginning of the year! It’ll wear off, I’m sure!)

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