1st prize: £1000. 2nd prize: £300. 3rd prize: £100
4 minutes max.
Audio poems up to 4 minutes long. Written by you. Read by you. Recorded on an audio file by you. Sent to us to listen to. Audio Poetry. On whatever subject fascinates you. Express yourself fully. That’s right: we want your poem, read in your voice.
You don’t have to be a performance poet or a voice-over artist to read your work aloud and record it on your phone. The Plaza Prizes is on the lookout for new talents in new digital forms. Try it, write a poem this week. Edit it. Let it rest. Return, to give it shape over time by reading it out loud. Again. And again. Allow your voice to give it form. Then, when it’s ready, record it, transform it into an audio poem, and enter the audio file of that one poem into this competition.
Our judge, Paul Farley, is a multi-award-winning poet, writer and broadcaster. He received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, and his latest collection, The Mizzy, was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Costa Book Awards in 2020.
Paul Farley has received widespread acclaim for his poetry, including the Whitbread Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Cholmondeley Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. As a broadcaster he has made many features, dramas and radio documentaries with the BBC on art, landscape and literature. Edgelands, a non-fiction book (co-written with Michael Symmons Roberts), was serialised as a Radio 4 Book of the Week. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he also presented BBC Radio 4’s contemporary poetry programme The Echo Chamber. His Selected Poems was published by Picador in 2014.
So, come 1st February 2024, send Paul your audio poems, recorded in your own voice on a phone, or by using a free recording programme, like Audacity. Audio Poetry is a new and exciting literary field to experiment in. We’ll feature the shortlisted entries and winners on our website.