Poetic Republic – a poetic democracy
Poetic Republic was born out of Poetica, a completely open writing forum based in Central Library, Manchester, UK.
In July 2007 Manchester was galvanised by a festival of original new work across the spectrum of popular culture and art - Manchester International Festival. Yet somehow poetry missed out. This triggered a mission to bring the same sense of vision to the writing and sharing of poetry. The result was the launch of a new kind of poetry competition – the Poetic Republic Poetry Prize - a poetic democracy that fully takes advantage of the possibilities opened up by the web.
The Competition is for anyone across the world who writes in English.
The first year of the Poetic Republic Poetry Prize was quite simply an experiment. The only way to find out whether the judging mechanism would work was to launch in and try it – fortunately it worked very well.
In the second year, the judging mechanism was enhanced to give participants the opportunity to leave comments.
Now in its fourth year, the Poetic Republic Poetry Prize is a fully fledged process for the selection of poetry for publication based on a collective sensibility rather than the taste of one or two individuals.
If you have any thoughts or comments on the competition please don’t hesitate to email.