Festival of Words Poetry Competition 2019
This year’s theme is ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’. Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets led by James Nash.
The closing date to enter the Festival of Words Poetry Competition is Saturday 30 November 2019. All entries are submitted anonymously, so each poem can be judged entirely on its own merits.
The winners will be invited to read their poems in January 2020 at North Bridlington Library. The winning poem will be selected by judges for the most imaginative use of language and poetic form, winning The Larkin Prize of £500, awarded by the Philip Larkin Society.
Other prizes include a £200 adult prize of £200 for second place and £100 for third, with junior prizes of £75 for secondary school pupils and £50 for primary school pupils; plus four highly commended prizes of £25 each, two for adults and one each for primary and secondary aged children.
Entries can be made online at www.festivalofwords.co.uk at a cost of £3 for adults. School age children of any age can enter free of charge.
Head judge James Nash is a writer and poet, his most recent collection, ‘A Bench for Billie Holliday’ was published in 2018. Published Yorkshire Poets Matthew Hedley Stoppard and Wendy Pratt will also be part of the judging panel along with James Booth from the Philip Larkin Society.