CONDITIONS FOR ENTRY
• The following persons, and their immediate families, are ineligible to enter the Blake Poetry Prize:
- Competition judges;
- Current Liverpool City Councillors and current Council employees; and
- Directors and Board Members of sponsor organisations.
• All entries must demonstrate recognisable engagement with the themes of spirituality, religion, and/or belief.
• All entries must demonstrate high degrees of artistic and conceptual proficiency.
• All entries must have been created within the last 2 years of the date set for entry (May 2018 or later).
• Entries must be completed and submitted by midnight 31 May, 2020. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.
• Entries must be between 1 and 100 lines. The title does not count as a line, however a footnote or sub-heading does.
• Poets must submit a 200 word biography.
• Poets must submit work in either PDF or Word format without inclusion of any identifying information.
• Entries can be made using a pseudonym, however the entrant’s real name must be included on the entry form.
• The poet warrants that the submitted work is original and does not infringe on copyright/moral rights/other rights.
• CPAC/WestWords reserves the right to request a Statutory Declaration from any artist regarding the works originality, its production within the specified timeframe and/or that all components relating to the work have full copyright clearance.
• Entries may have been published elsewhere, for example online, in a literary journal or self-published book, however if that poem is longlisted for a prize elsewhere the entrant will have 24 hours to decide if they would like to withdraw their poem on offer elsewhere or from the Blake Prize. It is the obligation of the entrant to inform the organisers of such an eventuality. Failure to do so will result in the poem being disqualified for consideration for the Blake Prize.
• Eligible entries using or referring to Aboriginal content and/or entries from writers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent or who identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander must be in accordance with the Indigenous Peoples' rights to their heritage (ICIPR) guidelines and to the Aboriginal protocols of the region where they have been produced.
• By submitting an entry into the Blake Poetry Prize for consideration the poet grants permission for CPAC/LCC to print and display the poems of the six finalists in full for the duration of the 66th Blake Prize exhibition.
• Entering work/s into The Blake Prize does not transfer from the artist the ownership of, or copyright in, any of the work they produce. However, the poet agrees that the work may be photographed or reproduced in whole or in part for CPAC/WestWords records or critical review, publicity archives and/reports and other purposes. CPAC/WestWords does not condone and/or endorse the photography of the artist’s work including the reproduction, modification, distribution, uploading without the written consent of the artist. CPAC/WestWords will not be held responsible for any deliberate infringement to copyright.
• Any questions or uncertainties from a submitting poet will be directed to WestWords and any decision will be final.
SELECTION & NOTIFICATION PROCESS
• All eligible entries will be considered.
• The selection of shortlist and winner is made by an independent panel of judges with extensive artform knowledge and/or relevant academic qualifications. Selection is undertaken by individual assessment of unidentified copies of the work.
• The judging panel will be guided by the conditions of entering The Blake Poetry Prize.
• The judging panel will review entries and an entry will be deemed a finalist when a unanimous decision has been reached. Six finalists will be selected.
• The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
• Shortlisted finalists will be listed on the CPAC and WestWords websites by close of business in July 2020 (exact date TBC).
• After notification, preselected finalists will be provided with any further instructions and information.
Artists entering works in The Blake Poetry Prize must agree to the terms and conditions as a condition of entry. Please note that a seperate form must be completed for each entry.