The Laurence Sterne Prize

This is an opportunity to submit your work to the press and be in with a chance to be published while supporting this female run indie Irish experimental press who will be donating 10% of profits to Felician Ireland in memory of my darling. I want to donate EUR5,000 for Felician Ireland in memory of my Darling by December 6th 2021. Can you help me?

BBP is looking for experimental poetry, LANGUAGE poetry, surreal-absurd, lyrical poetics, creative non- fiction, essays on literature or art history (but not thesis or academic papers,) no vispo for this competition.

BBP and editor, Michelle Moloney King, are fans of the gas man, Laurence Sterne, Anglo-Irish and born in Clonmel (ed’s nearest big town for clothes shopping.) As Sterne was the father of the avant-garde nearly 200 years before it was crawling I’d appreciate poetry with an experimental edge but keep the formatting calm, lads, alright!

Please do considering buying a beautiful pamphlet made by this Irish press before you submit so you get a feel for the press and support it, if you are in a position to do so.

Please – follow formatting rules to a tea – I mean it!

Rules and guidelines

No translations. (due to book formatting)

Must be over 18.

Must be sound.

Formatting and Guidelines

1. Poetry collections at least 45 pages of A5 size pages. Longer works also welcome up to 350 pages of A5 size pages.

2. Formatted to A5 in .doc (I use Google Drive word – open doc, file, page set-up, select A5 – see image) For Microsoft Word – I’m sure its in the page layout also.

3. Font Palatino Linotype (or Times New Roman) and size 10. No page numbers and nothing in the header.

4. Save your document with your name and its title, send as word doc /google doc.

5. Include an introduction to your work and a dedication at the beginning of the manuscript and your biography at the end of your manuscript.

6. If selected, I will need your PayPal account – must have one to be considered as no other payment options available. And your postal address (to send author copies)

7. Pay EUR 11 through the PayPal link below and take a screenshot or note transaction number and include this with your submission. Note – Paypal will deduct a fee in your own currency.

8Email the press with a short hello and all other details in your manuscript as word attachment email and a screenshot of the paypal receipt or the transaction number.

Closing date is OCT 31st 2021.

There are no rules here….I know there will be several winners and all will get their work published (usual terms and condition apply, all will receive royalties,) I may announce a few winners each month I may not. I may get back to you before or after the closing date. Who knows, I’m flying by the heel of my pink Doc Martin boots here. I just know I want to fund the press, raise writers profiles, and raise EUR5,000 for Felician Ireland in memory of my Darling by December 6th 2021. Can you help me?

If you think you met all the rules and guidelines then please email –

Please no DMs, IMs, emails tweets…comments whatever asking questions – all details are here. Very best of luck, Michelle x

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