Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Met University is one of the leading universities in the country and its school of writing placed under the Department of English is equally well established and renowned. Headed up by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, the centre offers a host of degree programmes and short courses, regular public reading events, a major international writing competition and an annual children’s literature festival. Other writers who teach at the centre include Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Jean Sprackland, Michael Symmons Roberts and many more. Alumni from the centre have included winners of the Costa First Novel Award and Forward Poetry Prize. There are specialist routes in Novel, Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults and Place Writing.

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008. It offers the UK’s biggest literary prizes for unpublished writing. Each year two £10,000* prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe the competition is open internationally to new and established writers. Submissions for the 2017 competition close on Friday 29th September.