Lauren Aspery, a Newcastle Student and twice winner of the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize is calling for more Newcastle students to enter the competition that rewarded her literary debut two years ago.
The Prize was established four years ago by the Kelly family in memory of the late journalist Terry Kelly and aims to “inspire young people from across the North East to develop a passion for poetry.” There are three age categories for the competition, one for Primary and secondary school entrants and one for 17-25 year olds, with shortlisted poems appearing in a published anthology for the Prize. The judges this year are made up of, Tom Kelly who is a playwright, poet and member of the Kelly family; Alistair Robinson, a poet, musician and senior lecture of journalism at the university of Sunderland and Sheila Wakefield who is the founder of Red Squirrel Press and who writes, edits and publishes poetry. Joining the judges this year is Lauren Aspery, a third year English Literature student at Newcastle university, prospective children’s literature MA student and aspiring children’s author. In addition Asprey has been asked to coordinate the event this year, and is encouraging her fellow students to enter after she picked up the prize for the last two years for her poems, ‘Home’ and ‘My First Pair’.
“I would really encourage any aspiring young poets to enter. The North East is so often overlooked when it is actually a source of amazing poetry and this is a great opportunity to get it out there!”
The deadline for submissions is 9am on Friday the 26thApril and more information can be found here on submission guidelines.