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`He that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.' (Proverbs 26: 27)
The poem must consist of not less than sixty or more than 300 lines. It may be blank verse or in any form of verse rhymed in couplets or stanzas. There is a tradition which discourages dramatic form of composition for this prize.
Candidates for the prize (value of about £2,700) shall be members of the University who, not later than the closing date for entries for the competition, shall have qualified by examination for a degree of the University, or shall hold the Degree of Master of Arts by incorporation or by decree or by resolution or shall hold the status of Master of Arts, or shall have qualified by examination for a degree of any other university. The judges may, at their discretion, also make an award to the proxime accessit. Should no such award be made the value of the main award will be increased.
Poems (three copies) are to be sent under a sealed cover to the English Faculty Administrator, St Cross Building, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UQ, on or before 1 July 2004. Each author is required to conceal his or her name and to distinguish his or her composition by a motto, sending at the same time his or her name, college, and address in a separate envelope with the same motto inscribed upon it.
The prize may not be awarded more than twice to the same person.
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