Faber and Faber in partnership with Arts Council England is now accepting submissions for the 2014–15 Faber New Poets scheme. (Closing date: 30th January 2015).
Faber New Poets exists to encourage new writers at a crucial point in their career. Open to those who have yet to publish a first collection or pamphlet, the scheme offers mentoring, pamphlet publication and financial support.
Assembling a first collection can seem like a daunting challenge to a new poet: how do they know when the manuscript is ready? How many poems should it contain? Whose opinions should they seek out? Can it be better to wait?
By offering a tri-partite package of financial assistance, mentorship and pamphlet publication, the Faber New Poets scheme intends to provide support and direction for four new poets to develop their work in 2014–15.
The successful candidates will be announced in Autumn 2015, drawn from the advice of a panel of experienced poets and prominent practitioners from the poetry world.
Manuscripts should take the following form:
• 16 (sixteen) A4 pages of poems
• Set in 12pt Times New Roman or similar, and spaced at 1.5 lines
• Each new poem to be started on a new page
Entries will be accepted by electronic submission only to firstname.lastname@example.org and must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet including contact details and confirmation that the entrant has yet to publish a single-authored volume of poems either in pamphlet or full-collection form. Submissions may not be agented. The scheme is open to UK residents only. Manuscripts must be received on or before 30th January 2015.
Faber New Poets 2009 –
Four poets were given awards for 2009: Fiona Benson, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Heather Phillipson and Jack Underwood. In 2010, the awarded poets were Joe Dunthorne, Annie Katchinska, Sam Riviere and Tom Warner. In 2014, the awarded poets were Rachael Allen, Will Burns, Zaffar Kunial and Declan Ryan.
Through the scheme, and through promotion and publicity that will include an exciting platform of events, this project promises to aid the short and longer term development of our newest talents, the potential stars of tomorrow, and by so doing, to enrich the broader culture of British poetry along the way.
Faber New Poets is a not-for-profit promotion that is made possible by the support of Arts Council England.
If you have any queries about the submission process – ie something not covered by the guidelines above (please read carefully!) – please email email@example.com (and put ‘Query’ in the subject line).
For press enquiries only, please contact Kate Burton, Publicity Manager, on 020 7927 3887 or firstname.lastname@example.org.