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Poetry Commission, Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Poetry Library
Deadline: Wed 24 Feb 2021
Poets are invited to respond to the theme of the door as a portal. During the ongoing pandemic, many doors are closed to people but poetry can help open them in different ways and can inspire people experiencing lockdown. Open to poets who live or work in Manchester or Greater Manchester.

We are seeking poems that speak about the power of the imagination, giving hope in dark times and about the door as a gateway or as the start of a new journey. 

We want to celebrate the rich diversity of our city and our writers so we want to hear from poets of all social and cultural backgrounds and identities. We are looking for poets who can respond to this brief in the time available and can produce work that will inspire and speak to a broad audience, both locally and internationally, including those who may not read or listen to poetry regularly. 

As part of the commission, each poet will be filmed reading their poem outside a Manchester doorway. We want to include doors that are recognisable and iconic to acknowledge and celebrate the city itself – for instance Central Library, Salford Lads’ Club, or Chinatown’s paifang (archway). The filmed readings will be broadcast on Sunday 21 March as part of UNESCO World Poetry Day celebrations via YouTube and social media.

There is a fee of £500 per commission to include a new or unpublished poem that responds to the theme and the reading itself. The poem should ideally be 30-40 lines in length.

Two poets will be selected for this commission.

Find out more here

Deadline: 24th February 2021

Additional Information:
North West England

Contact Information:
Manchester City of Literature
Contact Name:
Ivan Wadeson
Contact Email:
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