2019 Poetry Competition

03/10/2019 by Charlotte Hughes

Newman University Poetry Competition

Calling all aspiring poets…

Newman University is inviting all staff and students, both past and present to take part in the Dr Graham McFarlane and T E Murphy Prize for Poetry.

Dr Graham McFarlane and Mr Terry Murphy attended Newman University in the late 1960s when Newman was a Teacher Training College and since then have stayed in close contact with the university.

Graham and Terry were the first Editor & Deputy Editor of Newman’s original Poetry Magazine in academic year 1968-69; the magazine and poetry evenings ran every term till 1971 when they graduated from Newman. As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018, both Graham and Terry wanted to recognise the importance of poetry for the future generations with the launch of the annual competition.

The competition gives all of those who currently study or have studied, or work or have worked at Newman, the opportunity to showcase their writing talents by taking part in this year’s poetry competition.

In order to take part interested individuals must submit their poem by email to poetryprize@newman.ac.uk by Friday 13th December 2019.


Dr Graham McFarlane, Alumni, Newman University

Mr Terry Murphy, Alumni, Newman University

Dr Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Newman University

Professor Peter Childs, Pro Vice Chancellor for Research and Scholarship, Newman University

Juliette Kumar, English Student at Newman University


£150 for the winner

£50 for the runners-up

Poetry Guidelines:

  1. All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear in the poem itself.
  2. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject.
  3. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  4. Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 13th December 2019.
  5. Entries must be written in English.


  1. The competition is open to anyone who has studied or worked at Newman at any time up to the closing date.
  2. The closing date of the competition is midnight (UK time), 13th December 2019.
  3. There is a limit of 2 on the number of entries a single entrant can make. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges.
  4. Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
  5. The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
  6. The judges’ decision is final and neither judges will enter into any correspondence.
  7. Entries should be sent as an email attachment to poetryprize@newman.ac.uk
  8. There will be one winning poem and two runners up.