Deadline: April 1, 2022


The Alpine Fellowship is a charity project with the broad aim of ‘promoting culture and the arts. It was founded in 2013 by artists Alan J Lawson and Jacob Burda.

The focal point of activities is an annual four-day symposium. The symposium ‘draws together participants from academia, the arts and business and they have been held on the themes of ‘home’, ‘representation’, ‘the self-portrait’, ‘ephemera’ and ‘landscape’.

Fellows, “can attend the symposium by competing in one of the different prize categories: drama, writing, and visual arts.”

Previous guests have included playwrights Jessica Swale, Polly Stenham, actor Charity Wakefield, philosophers Simon May and Sir Roger Scruton, the novelist Ian McEwan, the poets, Ruth Padel, Gillian Clarke and John Burnside, filmmaker Luc Jacquet, and art historians, including Andrew Graham-Dixon. Symposiums have been held in Switzerland, Scotland, and Italy.

About the competition

The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and above and is organized by the Alpine Fellowship Foundation based in London.

You may submit one poem or a collection of poems as long as ALL the poems in the collection speak to the theme. The theme of this year’s competition is FREEDOM. Read the full guideline of the theme here.

There is a maximum of 500 words per entry.

The text must not have been published, self-published, or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time.

The winner will receive a £3,000 cash prize and will be invited to our symposium.

Runners up will be invited to attend the symposium and travel expenses will be reimbursed up to a total of £500. All food and accommodation will be covered.

Submit your application here.

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