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Enter the International Proverse Poetry Prize 2018 for single poems previously unpublished in English. Founded in 2016 by RSA Life Fellow, Dr Verner Bickley, MBE and his wife, Dr Gillian Bickley.

Entry is open to all aged 18 and above, irrespective of residence, citizenship, nationality, or place of birth.

New, emerging and established writers are all welcome to enter.

Topic: Free choice OR “Refuge”.

Length: No more than 30 lines (not counting title or blank lines)

Style, form and format: free choice.

1st prize; USD100.00; 2nd prize: USD45.00; 3rd prizes (up to four winners): USD20.00 each.

Prize-winning entries will be published on the website, and/or in a paperback anthology.

Selected entries may be published in a paperback anthology.

Number of entries per entrant: no limit.

No entrant may win more than one cash prize in any year.

Number of poems per entrant that may be awarded a place in the anthology: no limit.

Entry fee per poem: HKD100.00 OR GBP8.00 OR USD12.00. (Other currencies available.)

Visit to Hong Kong: A maximum of HK$5,000 towards reimbursement of travel expenses and HK$500 per diem for  maximum 7 days may be awarded to the writer of the best poem by a non-HK resident, to enable them to visit Hong Kong to attend and read at the 2019 Proverse Spring Reception. The poet will also be invited to write a poem about Hong Kong and read to an additional group. (HK$7.8 = approx. US$1.00).

For full details, entry documents and submission information, please see the Proverse website:

OR go directly to the Proverse submissions manager:

General enquiries to the following email address:


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