The East Riding Festival of Words 2019 poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is 'My Mind, My Thoughts'. Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash. Poems are submitted anonymously, so each entry is judged on its own merits. Winners will be invited to read their poems at the special event, Poet Fest, in Bridlington in January 2020.
If you can say the words, you can write the words. Express yourself through poetry - whatever shape or form - and you could win £50! The competition is open to all school aged children, with one prize for primary and one for secondary.
£3 per entry
Larkin prize: £500
Second prize: £200
Third Prize: £100
School age children
Free to enter
Primary school prize: £50
Secondary school prize: £75
There will be also be highly commended prizes of £25 to two entries in the adult category, and one each in the primary and secondary age children category. The judging panel includes James Nash, Wendy Pratt and Matthew Hedley Stoppard
There are two ways to enter, online or offline. Your poem should be no more than 45 lines, on one side of A4 paper. There are three categories, adults, primary school aged children (4 years to 10 years) and secondary school aged children (11 years to 16 years) All entries must be submitted and paid for by Saturday, 30 November 2019 at 11.59pm. Winners will be notified by phone by Monday, 6 January 2020.
Adults (17 years and over) can enter online in three steps:
A confirmation email will be sent to let you know your entry has been received.
School aged children can enter for free by emailing their poem to firstname.lastname@example.org with name, contact number, address, poem title and age category.
Download the leaflet below and print or pick one up from your local library. Fill in your contact details and submit your poem and pay entry fee (if applicable) to East Riding Libraries staff using cash.
The 2018 Festival of Words poetry competition winners were announced on the 26 January 2019, and winning entries are available to read online. Entries were judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash.