The Richard Jefferies Society
Poetry Competition 2011-2012
‘Nature and Landscape: The concentrated silence of green things’
THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED - The winning entry is entitled 'Phase Shifting' by Amal El-Mohtar.
Richard Jefferies Society is looking for poems which take an intimate
look into the English countryside, its nature and inhabitants, and the
emotional and spiritual ties which connect them.
Jefferies was one of England’s greatest writers on nature, landscape and
rural life. His finest works, often classed as prose-poetry, evoke in
great detail the colour, life and movement of the
natural world, its
mysteries, its interconnections, and its deep and subtle kinship with
humanity’s inner ‘soul’. Through his work Jefferies also conveyed an
underlying sadness at mankind’s weakening bond with nature.
competition seeks to encourage others to explore the magic of the sun,
sea, stars and, in Jefferies’ words, the ‘concentrated silence of green
welcome submissions relating to Jefferies’ writing on nature and
landscape including, but by no means limited to, such themes as:
- City and country
- The human presence in nature
- Mankind’s need to engage with the natural world
- Rural change
- Victorian rural life or thought
- Landscape and perception
- A strong attachment to a place
- Wild life
- The elements
- Consciousness and the wider universe
PRIZE The winner will receive a certified £100 Richard Jefferies Poetry Prize and one year’s free membership of the Richard Jefferies Society.
The winning entry will be published in the Richard Jefferies Society Journal (Winter 2012).
Closing date: 30th June 2012.
- Closing date for receipt of postal and online entries: 30th June 2012.
- Poems should have no more than 40 lines, and no fewer than 3 lines.
- Maximum of 3 entries.
- Entries MUST NOT have been previously published (including online).
£5 per entry.
£8 per 2 entries.
£10 per 3 entries.
(payable by cheque to ‘Richard Jefferies Society’
Entries must be in English.
Postal entries must be typed, single sided, with pages numbered and securely fastened with a staple.
Each entry on a new sheet.
Poems to be single spaced.
must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title,
but don't forget to add your contact details on a separate sheet of
paper. Online entries should have an ID number which we will supply when
filename of online entries must be the title of the entry and it must
be either a .doc, .docx, .rtf, .wps, .pdf or .txt file.
Entries cannot be returned, so please keep a copy.
No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
Postal submissions and entry fees should be sent to:
Richard Jefferies Creativity
c/o Rebecca Welshman
Old Coach House
Somerset TA18 7TL
Please ensure that you use the correct postage.
Email submissions should be sent in the form of an attachment to:
RECEIPT OF ENTRY
a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require
acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry. It is not possible to
confirm receipt of entries by phone, but email entries will be
acknowledged by return.
receive the judges’ report for the winning entry only, enclose an A5
stamped addressed envelope.
copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Richard
Jefferies Society will have the unrestricted right to publish the
winning poem (including runners up), in any relevant promotional
judging panel will consist of: Professor Tim Kendall (Head of the
English Department at the University of Exeter and published poet); Paul
Davidson (published poet); Simon Coleman (Richard Jefferies Society),
and Rebecca Welshman (Richard Jefferies Society). The judges’ decision
is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges
are unable to comment on individual entries.