The Poetry Book Society and emagazine invite students to step into the judges’ and poets’ shoes by writing a critical piece or a poem of their own in response to the work on the shortlist.
A chance for students to:
Win £100, meet poets and be published
Boost their CV or university statement
Read the very best contemporary poetry
Develop critical skills and confidence in reading poetry for pleasure
For the first time, this year, there are two choices of response:
A 500 word critical piece on the 2 poems by your chosen poet, reflecting on what you particularly liked about them and why you think they should win.
A poem of your own, ‘writing back’ to one of the poems you found particularly interesting. Your poem might take the same title, or use aspects of the form of the poem, or explore the same subject matter, or argue back with a view or angle that challenges or subverts ideas in the original.
The following is copied from the UHRSN website: The Universal Human Rights Student Network (UHRSN) based in Vienna, Austria is organizing its very first human rights poetry contest. Given the plights refugees are facing on a daily basis and the current widespread media coverage of the so-called “refugee crisis in Europe” this year’s theme is
“Refugees and their message to Europe”
UHRSN is convinced that all people should have the right to a life lived with dignity free from fear, persecution and oppression. As widely reported, people in search of this life seeking asylum in European countries are in many instances denied just that – their fundamental rights. UHRSN also aims to utilize the power of poetry and the positive impact words can have to raise awareness for an issue that cannot be ignored. In this sense the poetry competition was established to provide refugees, migrants, students, sympathisers, etc. with an avenue
to create thought-provoking poems by reflecting on their experiences, wishes, dreams and hopes
to raise awareness amongst stakeholders, politicians, ordinary EU citizens, etc. on the fate of refugees in- and outside of Europe
to demonstrate that #refugees are welcome and advocate for their rights
I’ve copied and pasted these details from the Poetry Library online competition listings – so please do check them!
The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-14
Details: Competition for all UK students, aged 16 – 18 opened on National Poetry Day. This year’s theme is ‘NEWS’. Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller and Peter McDonald. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. Entry Fee: £0