I mentioned in my recent post about Writers’ Co-operatives that the new local writing group I am now part of would be organising a children’s poetry competition.
I’m glad to now share details of this competition, which is being organised by Chandler’s Ford Authors and Hampshire Libraries in association with the Hiltingbury Extravaganza with prizes sponsored by Goadsby Estate Agents.
The Extravaganza itself will be on 17th September this year and Chandler’s Ford Authors will be running a stall there.
Entry to the poetry competition is free and there are two age categories – 8 to 11 and 12 to 15. The theme is Where I Live and there should be a maximum of 30 lines.
The writer’s name should be on the poem, which should be attached to the entry form. Entry forms will be available from Chandler’s Ford Library, the Hiltingbury Extravaganza website or the Hampshire Library website.
All work is to be the original work of the writer of course and there are some tips for success as part of the rules too. (Though the advice on the photo below is always worth remembering, especially that of good books creating good ideas! If you want inspiration for any writing, reading well is crucial – and the library is the place to find good books!).
Judging will be undertaken by a representative from Hampshire Libraries and their decision will be final.
Prizes for each age category are:-
– £20 book token
– a book
There will also be certificates for the best five entries.
The closing date is 18th September and entries can be handed in to the Chandler’s Ford Authors at their stall at the Hiltingbury Extravaganza or taken into Chandler’s Ford Library during their usual opening hours. You can also post your entries and the address for this is given on the rules.
All entries must be accompanied by an entry form.
The winning poems will be announced at Chandler’s Ford Library on 23rd September 2017 at 10.00 am and the winners presented with their prizes.
The winning poems will be displayed at the library and published on Chandler’s Ford Today and in The Hilt newsletter. Poems will not be returned so all entrants must make sure they keep a copy. Poems will not be used for financial gain for anyone involved in the competition and copyright remains with the writer.
We very much hope this fun competition will encourage creativity and good luck to all who take part.
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