The competition is inspired by Geoffrey Weeden, a long-standing Kingston Quaker and poet who died last year at the age of 90. The first line of his poem, ‘Draw Breath’ serves as the theme for our poetry competition.
The poetry competition has been rescheduled (delayed) because of clash with another competition involving one of our Quaker poet judges. Sorry!.
We invite entries from 2nd October. Closing date 18th Dec., with a prize giving event in March (date to be confirmed). Entries on the theme of ‘Draw Breath’ are invited from published and unpublished poets, but the poems themselves should be unpublished. Entrants may submit up to 3 poems with the overall total length of submission being not more than 150 lines including titles.
A. 9-12 years. 1st prize £50. 2nd prize £20. 3rd prize £10.
B. 13-18 years 1st prize £100. 2nd prize £50. 3rd prize £20.
C. 19 years and upward. 1st prize £200. 2nd prize £100. 3rd prize £50.
Winners and runners up will receive a book of the winning poems.
£5 entry fee for all over 19s (unwaged free), non-reimbursible.
How to apply
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org with poem(s) on an attached document.
Please include in your entry email your category, full name and address, age if under 19, and, if applicable, a note that you have paid your entrance fee by bank transfer to:-
Kingston Quaker Meeting
Sort code: 40 52 40
Account no: 00027976
with Poetry - entrant's name as reference.
The document should only include your titled poem(s.). Please do not add any other details to the document.
Terms and Conditions
Independent judges whose decision will be final.
All entrants remain anonymous unless listed as winners or runners up.
Copyright of all poems (in print and digital medias) remains with the authors but Kingston Local Quaker Meeting reserves the right to publish winning and commended poems.
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