07 February 2008

Manchester Poetry Prize 2008

We're quite well off for universities here in Manchester - four if you count Salford which is next door. And they're all keen on writing just at the moment. The 'old' university has employed Martin Amis as a creative writing fellow, and it's had Terry Eagleton as a 'real' professor - both paid three thousand pounds an hour. Now the 'new' Metropolitan University [the Poly to you and me] has raised the local stakes by creating a poetry prize worth 10,000 pounds - which is a lot of moolah just for writing a few po-ems. They've even thrown in a study bursary for the best entrant 18-25 years old. Full details from mid-February onwards HERE

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