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 August 6, 2022

Buzzwords Poetry Competition 2022

Sole Judge:  Nigel McLoughlin

who will read all entries

Closing date for entries. Midnight, 27th August 2022.

1st prize-£600.          Runner-up- £300.   5 x commended-£50 each.

The Gloucestershire Prize- £200. (for Gloucestershire residents only).

 Nigel McLoughlin is a Northern Irish poet, editor, translator, and stylistician. His poetry has been published in international journals and anthologies, and his work has twice been short-listed for a Hennessy Award and was placed in The Kavanagh Prize. He is the author of five collections of poetry, including Chora: New and Selected Poems (Templar Poetry 2009), editor of The Portable Poetry Workshop (Palgrave 2016) and previously served as co-editor of Iota poetry journal. He has worked at the University of Gloucestershire since 2005, where he is Professor of Creativity and Poetics, and Head of Research Innovation.

Entry fees: Postal entries; £4 per poem or 3 poems for £10.

Email entries will carry a surcharge for admin & printing costs. For postal entries, go to to download the entry form and instructions

Proceeds of the competition will be used to fund ‘Buzzwords’, which is the longest running and most respected regular poetry gathering in Cheltenham.

More information here



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