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Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2020

First Prize (£500 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2020)

Second Prize (£250)    Third Prize (£150)


Poetry Competition Judge 2020

The judge this year will be Rachel Mann.  Rachel Mann is a priest, poet and broadcaster.  A parish priest in south Manchester, she is formerly Poet in Residence at Manchester Cathedral and currently Visiting Teaching Fellow in the Manchester Writing School.


Author of eight books, her debut full poetry collection, A Kingdom of Love (Carcanet 2019) has been called ‘a hard-won book of wonders’ by Michael Symmons Roberts. She is also editor of Carcanet’s ‘Christina Rossetti: New Selected Poems’ and she holds a PhD on 19th Century Women’s Poetry and the Bible.  She broadcasts regularly on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 2.


The poetry competition is now open.  By entering the competition you are agreeing to the Conditions of Entry.  All entries must be received by Tuesday 30 June 2020.


Results will be announced on National Poetry Day 2020 on the Cathedral website and via social media.

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