Pencils sharpened, laptops at the ready, creativity burning?
The competition judges from a previous year with Roger McGough. Picture: Jim Cox
There is not long left to enter this year’s Young People’s Poetry Competition.
The deadline for submissions is fast approaching, on Monday 7 June.
The competition, run by the Chiswick Book Festival and sponsored by ChiswickW4.com, is now in its eleventh year.
Entry is free and was established to encourage children’s writing and creativity in poetic form. Children may write in English on any theme that they wish.
The competition is open to children anywhere in the UK aged between 8 and 12 in Years 3 to 7 by the closing date
Entries are accepted by email or post from individuals and schools, who may send in poems by up to 30 students. Submissions are limited to one poem per child and must be no longer than 25 lines with a title, be handwritten in ink or typed and submitted with the correct entry form in A4 size. Parents must not be involved in the writing of the poem.
Poems are read anonymously by a panel of judges including a published poet, teachers and a school librarian, who all have a keen interest in children’s poetry.
Full details, poetry writing tips, individual and school entry forms and rules can be found by clicking here.
A prize-giving ceremony for winners, their families and school staff as part of the Chiswick Book Festival will take place on Friday 10 September.
Lucy Chambers, co-ordinator of the CBF Children’s Events, said, “It was wonderful in 2020 to read so many heartfelt and creative poems about the impact of Lockdown and many other themes. You can read the 2020 winning entries on the Chiswick Book Festival website.”
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May 29, 2021