Writing Competitions Reinvented

Short Story Prize | Deadline: 15th April 2014 | 1st Prize £2,000

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Poetry Prize | Deadline: 30th April 2014 | 1st Prize £2,000

One of the largest writing events based in the UK. Participants hailed from 48 countries last year.

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London Book Prize | Getting Ready

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Philosophy and Methodology

Poetic Republic selects writing for publication based on anonymous peer review.

Selection systems are typically driven by judges of repute, celebrities, editorial teams, fan bases or “vote for me” campaigns.

Poetic Republic is different. We facilitate a rigorous process where participants read each other’s work in isolation unaware of other participant’s opinions, comments or identity. It is a neutral space.

Participation is anonymous. Publication may be under an entrant’s real name or under a pseudonym.

Poetic Republic facilitates networked events which are unencumbered by traditional boundaries. Events are structured so that participants can question their own understanding and learn from others whilst simply enjoying the experience of taking part.

Groups of poems or stories are constantly “reshuffled” within the process. For example, a poem that has been read 30 times will have appeared in 30 different groups.

The selection of writing is based on superimposing independently formed opinions.

The selection process isn’t wasted. Participants are reading and commenting on each other’s work. The outcome (shortlists, winners, publications) is fascinating and unique. Arguably though, the process itself is even more important.

From selection through to publication this is a highly collaborative way of working.

The entire “judging” process (voting, voting behaviour, voting relationships and comments) is captured in a database. The analysis and understanding of this data is the foundation of process integrity.

Participants in 2013 said:

“I think the judging process is inspired”
“Absolutely fascinating”
“A wonderful recast of a traditional literary prize”