National Poetry Competition 
Blog tour: September - October 2012

To celebrate the National Poetry Competition 2012, we toured some of the internet's poetry hotspots. Selected poets associated with the National Poetry Competition were invited to submit guest posts to blogs with a passion for poetry.

Stop one

The first stop on the NPC 2012 blog tour was The Bell Jar. "I nearly didn't put it in the envelope..." wrote Philip Gross (first prize, NPC 1982).





Stop two

Stop two on the NPC blog tour: Writers' Hub. Matthew Caley (second prize, NPC 2004) talked tactics.






Stop three

The third stop on the NPC blog tour was E-Verse Radio, where Jon Stone (commended, NPC 2009 & 2011) talked about how winning did, and didn't, change things.





Stop four

We visited Best American Poetry with features posted daily for nearly a week under the Poetry Society UK tag. Features from poets: Stephen Knight (first prize, NPC 1992), Julia Copus (first prize, NPC 2002), Paul Adrian (first prize, NPC 2010), Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch (second prize, NPC 2011).



Stop five

Over on Surroundings, Rhian Gallagher (first prize, NPC 2001) looked back on her success. "In a strange kind of way the competition also helped in my negotiations to cut back to a four-day week in my day job."




Stop six

Peony Moon

We took a trip over to Peony Moon, where Zaffar Kunial (third prize, NPC 2011) told blog readers about his experience.





Stop seven

Huffington Post Alison Brackenbury, who judged the National Poetry Competition in 2005, lent her thoughts on the competition to the Huffington Post.




Stops eight, nine and ten

We were welcomed on 31 October 2012 (the deadline!) by George Szirtes, Sidekick Books and Displacement.

George Szites blogOver on George Szirtes' blog we heard from Ian Duhig, who worked with homeless people before winning the National Poetry Competition in 1987 (as well as again in 2000) gave him the opportinity to work as a freelance writer, which he has done since.




SidekickWe visited Sidekick Books for a guest post from George Szirtes, who judged the competition in 2010.





DisplacementAnd finally, Displacement welcomed Manhattan-based poet Helen Klein Ross (commended, NPC 2011) with a reminder that the National Poetry Competition, despite its name, welcomes entries from anywhere in the world.