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Picador launches prize for unpublished poets

26th May 2010

Some of the UK's leading poets have backed a new prize to recognise the country's best unpublished writers.

The Picador Poetry Prize aims to find Britain's new poets and will be awarded for a representative collection of their verses rather than a single work.

Don Paterson, who won the 2009 Forward Prize with Rain, will chair the award's judges. Poets Jackie Kay and John Stammers will join him on the panel, which is completed by Guardian online literary editor Sarah Crown.

'The Picador Poetry Prize aims to encourage unpublished poets, unearth new talent and bring exciting new writing to a wider audience,' the award's organiser commented.

Winners of the prize will receive a 'small-but-perfectly-formed publisher's advance' and work with Paterson to edit their collection, which will then be released through the Picador Poetry imprint.

This month, it was confirmed that poets Simon Armitage, Lavinia Greenlaw and Daljit Nagra will sit on the judging panel for the Manchester Poetry Prize, which is now in its second year.

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