Fred Holland Poetry Collection Award 2017

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*From left to right: David Smith (trustee of the Fred Holland Fund), Raef Boylan (our very first winner), Alyson Morris (Course Director, English and Creative Writing), Tim Kelly (Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing).

Why not enter the Fred Holland Poetry Collection Award, 2017?  It’s open to all Coventry University students.  The winner will receive £1000 and publication in the Coventry Words creative writing magazine, Vol. 8 in 2017. Deadline for submissions 30th March 2017.

Send in your submissions to:

Please type: The Fred Holland Poetry Collection Award in the subject line of the email, and provide your name and course details within the email.  The poems should be single-spaced and the collection must be no longer than five A4 pages.  Poems should be embedded into the email (do not send attachments).

  • See winning entry for 2016 here;
  • See winning entry for 2015 here;
  • See winning entry for 2014 here;
  • Terms and Conditions can be read here.


Nando’s Competition

We ran a competition with Nando’s in 2016. We may continue this competition in 2017 – watch this space!  The winning entry for 2016 is as follows:

Nando’s Sonnet by Adesina Aanuoluwapo (John) – Year 1 BA English and Creative Writing 


A plate of chicken wings please,

and a curry rice on the side.

Supply of drinks that do not cease,

my tongue yearns for a tasty ride.

A princely platter of Caesar salad,

with a tumbler of sparkling sangria.

While I sit writing this tender ballad,

about my affair with a veggie burger.

A bowl of sweet potato mash,

with beautiful thinly-cut chips.

Hunger causes my teeth to gnash,

leaving me with watering lips.

In shock she takes down my order,

asking politely, “Is all of this for you sir?”


Facebook Competitions

Throughout the year the Coventry Words Facebook page will be hosting competitions on poetry, prose and plays. The competition is open to all Coventry University students. The winner of the competitions will be published on the Coventry Words website.

To enter the competition you need to post your work as a comment on the competition post. Submission must be 500 words, or if the competition requires a bigger word count you should send an extract. All submissions will be judged by the Coventry Words web-team, and winners will be notified through the Facebook page or via email (whichever is easier).

Facebook competitions might have additional rules to fit certain themes or genres.