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Be A Master Poet!

Written by Erz on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The time has come for you to wax lyrical! 

The Foyle Young Poets 2013 Contest is now open for entries!

With entries from over 7,300 young people last year from a staggering 60 countries worldwide, it is one of the largest literary competitions in the world and its importance is widely attested. Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges, and receive their awards at an annual prize-giving event on National Poetry Day on the 3rd October 2013.

Thanks to funding from the Foyle Foundation the competition remains completely free to enter and they are able to offer a wide range of prizes, opportunities and resources to young people and schools across the UK. Winners from the 15 to 17 age category attend a week-long intensive residential Arvon course where they develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets. Winners aged 11-14 group benefit from poetry residencies at their school followed by distance mentoring. The competition is free to enter.

Individuals may enter more than one poem, however they strongly advise that you concentrate on drafting and redrafting your poems and send only a small selection of your very best (they suggest no more than 6-8 maximum). Remember, quality is more important than quantity! Please read the full rules carefully, especially the eligibility criteria.

Check out the contest rules and details at this contest post here.

Contest ends July 31st, 2013.
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