Writers living within a 25-mile radius of the English town of Warrington are invited to enter the Stockton Heath Writers Group free competition. All entries must be unpublished and ‘family friendly’. Send up to three poems of up to 40 lines each. Deadline is midnight on 1 September 2016. There is also a Young Writer of the Year prize for writers under the age of 18. More information here.
This year’s Prize is on the theme of ‘Home’. It’s open to poets aged 10 to 13 who live in the UK or Ireland. Entry closes midnight on 31 July 2016. Full details: http://www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk/
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SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam for 12-18 year olds is open for entries for its 2015 competition. Slam is the competitive art of spoken word performed before a loud and lively audience. Young people across the UK are invited to enter SLAMbassadors by filming themselves performing a poem or rap piece and uploading it to our SlamCam YouTube channel. The theme is identity – who you are, where you have come from, what you see around you and how it affects you and others, cultural identity, national identity, human identity. Prizes: Six acts will be chosen from across the UK to take part in an intensive, two-day masterclass with the spoken word artist Joelle Taylor. The winners work will be showcased at a live performance in central London alongside Joelle and a spoken word icon. The biggest prize however is the continual mentoring provided to the young artists by the Poetry Society, who work hard to introduce the emerging poets to the professional arena and open up the world of performance and publishing to them.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: Find out more on the SLAM blog:http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk/