Poetry contest

The National Poetry Contest is open for entries

The National Book Council is once again inviting poets writing in the Maltese language to take part in the fourth edition of the Doreen Micallef National Poetry Competition.

The annual competition was first launched by the National Book Council in 2019 with the aim of further raising the profile of poetry in Malta and celebrating the best poetry written in Maltese.

The competition is judged by an independent jury appointed each year by the National Book Council. The jury evaluates all poems anonymously against a set of criteria that consider authenticity, imagination, distinctiveness of voice, and original use of rhythm and figures of speech.

The jury selects the first three prizes of the competition. The winning poem will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and the two runners-up will receive prizes of €200 and €100 respectively. The winners will be announced and receive their prizes at an official ceremony during the Malta Book Festival 2022 taking place from 23-27 November at the Malta Fairs & Conventions Center (MFCC) in Ta’ Qali.

Applicants are required to submit a maximum of one original, unpublished poem in Maltese not exceeding 36 lines. All entrants are encouraged to carefully read the competition rules available on the National Book Council website in full before applying.

Complete applications, containing an application form and four copies of the submitted poem, signed only by a pseudonymmust be mailed to the Doreen Micallef National Poetry Competition, National Book Council, Kumpless Bice Mizzi Vassallo, Triq Arnhem, Pembroke PBK 1776 by the August 19 noon entry period deadline.

Applicants should also submit a scanned and signed copy of their application and poem via email to michael.mercieca@gov.mt.

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