The Wilfred Owen Association will award, in alternate years, a bursary or bursaries amounting to the total cost of residence (£760) at one of the poetry courses offered by Arvon at The Hurst: The John Osborne Arvon Centre, in Wilfred Owen’s county of Shropshire. (The cost of travel is not included.)
For this coming year, the course of choice is “From Ideas to Fruition”, which runs from 17th-22nd April 2017, and is tutored by Jo Shapcott and Ian Duhig. The course description says:
"This is a week in which we will explore the many ways
poetry can bring ideas, stories and emotions to fruition
Come prepared to write, to be open to techniques and
approaches old and new, to be ready to stretch yourself
but above all to revel in the language. All are welcome,
beginner poets and experienced writers alike".
The Bursary is intended to benefit those who would find it difficult or impossible to pay for attendance on the course out of their own resources. This can cover a multitude of situations, so it is not a necessary requirement that the applicant be a student, unemployed or receiving welfare benefits. Applicants will be asked to give some details of their financial situation - but the award is, in the end, based on the merit of the work submitted.
There is a lower age limit of eighteen: this is set by Arvon, not by the Association. There is no upper age limit, and no requirement to be resident in Shropshire, but in the event of a dead heat in the judging, preference will ultimately be given to candidates living in the Marches.
The Award is intended for those who have not yet had a major collection published (pamphlets or privately-printed collections do not count for these purposes). Applicants are asked to send four poems, together with a letter, in which they tell us something about themselves, their writing, and why they feel that they are eligible for the Bursary. It is not in any way necessary for these to be "war poems"; but poems for children, “found” poems, or purelydidactic poems, are not appropriate for this particular award.
The winner of the Bursary will be decided by members of the Wilfred Owen Association Committee. Please send your submissions as an e-mail attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for submissions is 31st January 2017: late entries cannot be accepted.
For more details about Arvon and The Hurst, go to www.arvon.org. For more details about the Wilfred Owen Association, go to www.wilfredowen.org.uk. We look forward to your applications.