Newman University Poetry Competition Opens

01/02/2021 by Charlotte Hughes

Take part in Newman University’s annual Poetry Competition.

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, both Alumni of Newman University.

Graham and Terry were the first Editor & Deputy Editor of Newman’s original Poetry Magazine in academic year 1968-69; and to mark the 50th anniversary of Newman’s opening the poetry competition was launched in 2018.

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 by Friday 5th March 2021.


Dr Graham McFarlane, Alumni, Newman University

Mr Terry Murphy, Alumni, Newman University

Professor Peter Childs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Newman University and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature

Richard Goode, Senior Lecturer in Theology, Newman University and Poetry Competition winner (2018)


£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 5th March 2021.
  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), 5th March 2021.
  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

There will be one winning poem and two runners up.