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Poetry Prize

This Mirehouse Biennial Poetry Prize is given in tribute to writers connected to Mirehouse, who include Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Southey, Fitzgerald and Carlyle. This prize is also a celebration of the work of today's talented poets. It is of great significance to be able to carry on this unique literary tradition to this day.

The competition is now launched for 2018 - closing date for entries is 15th February.  The theme for the competition is "The ringing grooves of change" (Tennyson) and will be judged by acclaimed author and biographer Adam Feinstein.  The first prize will be £500 and the prize winning poem and eight highly commended poems will be displayed on the Mirehouse Poetry Walk and appear on this website.  The poetry event to celebrate the winners will be held on Saturday 17th March 2018 11am at The Garden Hall at Mirehouse.  More details are available here (page 34).

The Mirehouse 2016 Poetry Prize was judged by Grevel Lindop and the poems are posted on this page. The theme for the Mirehouse Poetry Competition 2016 was "Old Echoes Hidden in the Wall" (Tennyson).  The winner was Alison Carter for her poem "What We Learned in the Shorthand Room".  Her poem and the eight other winning poems are also displayed on the Poetry Walk at Mirehouse. 

The organisers of the Cumbrian Literature Festival Words by the Water continue to give valuable support and encouragement to make this competition possible.  It is a priviledge for Mirehouse to be associated with this event.