Poetry Competition

Competition theme: Change

  • First Prize - £250
  • Book tokens (£30 and £20) will be awarded to two runners-up for highly commended poems

The competition will be judged by Cumbrian poet, Geraldine Green.

Geraldine Green is an experienced creative writing tutor, editor and published poet. In 2019 she became the first writer-in-residence at the Quaker Tapestry Museum Kendal, Cumbria. Part of her residency includes a series of workshops based around ‘The Fabric of Kendal’.

She was the first writer-in-residence at Brantwood,where she tutors residential creative writing courses. Geraldine was also writer-in-residence at Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston. As part of her residency there, she tutored writing workshops titled ‘Living Words, an exploration into creativity, spirituality and the land.’

A frequent visitor to North America, July 2019 sees her once again on another poetry road trip where she’ll be reading in New York, Long Island and Oklahoma, including the prestigious Woody Guthrie Festival in Woody’s hometown of Okemah.

In September 2011 she gained a PhD in creative writing titled: ‘An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry’ from Lancaster University. Her work has been translated into German and Romanian and is widely anthologised in the UK and USA.

She has three poetry collections and four pamphlets. Her latest collection Passing Through, was published in 2018 by Indigo Dreams.

Geraldine blogs at:

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Online Entry

How to submit your entry

Postal Entry

The winners will be notified on September 28th. The overall winner and the two runners up will be given the opportunity to read their poems at a poetry event at Borderlines on Saturday, October 5th.

Borderlines Book Festival has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise. The three partners are: Bookends of Carlisle; Cumbria County Council’s Library Service and Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust.

Bookends Cumbria County Council's Library Service Tullie House

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