Press Release

20.11.2008 Press Release


With landmines still threatening the lives and security of thousands around the world, a UK-based poetry group is looking to use creative writing as a way of raising funds for life-saving humanitarian work.

Peter Hartey, who pioneered the Manchester poetry forum ‘Poetic Republic', has launched an ambitious online poetry competition with proceeds going to the aid of the UK landmine charity, MAG (Mines Advisory Group).

The competition will enable aspiring and established poets from across the globe to submit their on-line entries for the MAG Poetry Prize with proceeds going towards clearance and development work in countries affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance. The prize fund accumulates at the rate of £2 per entry up to a maximum of £10,000. 

This knockout competition will be run in a unique way with poets themselves judging the entries of their fellow participants rather than a panel of judges. "The winning poems will not reflect the taste of one or two individuals but rather the wider group" said competition organizer Peter Hartey. 

"This is truly an online poetry contest that harnesses the huge judging potential that the pool of entrants represents," says Peter. "Whilst it is a "competition", more importantly, it's a fun and creative way for people to learn from their fellow poets."

"Landmines still kill and maim thousands of people across the globe," said MAG Chief Executive Lou McGrath. "We are extremely impressed with the efforts of Peter and Poetic Republic and grateful for these much needed funds for our clearance work."

The closing date for the competition is 30th April 2009.


MAG is a neutral and impartial humanitarian organisation clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of communities worldwide. MAG is co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for its work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which culminated in the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty - the international agreement that bans antipersonnel landmines. 

Poetic Republic is a Manchester based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of the poetic arts and humanitarian causes.