Poems in Shops - Jazz Festival

Opened for submissions: 28/07/2017 00:00 BST
Closed for submissions: 14/09/2017 23:59 BST

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Could you write a short poem to delight the thousands of visitors to the Marsden Jazz Festival?

Marsden the Poetry Village invites submissions of original poems to be displayed on A3 posters in shops, pubs, cafés and other sites in the poetry village of Marsden during its 2017 Marsden Jazz Festival, and for one week before and one week after the festival: i.e. from 1st to 15th October 2017.

Your poem can be serious or silly, funky or formal, lyric or limerick; all we ask is that it is themed to this music festival in the beautiful Pennine hills, and is fairly short (no more than 30 lines, to fit easily onto an A4 sheet, which will be blown up to A3 for display. It will have your name on for everyone to see (you retain copyright) and be published in the Marsden Poster Poems anthology (subject to funding*).

During the festival, the village is alive with music on every corner, the streets thronged with visitors of all ages. You can find out more about the festival on http://marsdenjazzfestival.com

Every year, Marsden the Poetry Village holds its popular Write Out Loud poetry jam at the Railway Inn during the festival, and entrants are welcome to come along and read a poem at the open-mic.
YOU can find out more about Marsden the Poetry Village here: https://www.writeoutloud.net/profiles/marsdenthepoetryvillage

How to submit your poem

Poems must be submitted via the Write Out Loud website from where a panel will select the final 30 – 40 poems (depending on available sites). All entrants will be informed of the results by email.

The deadline for receipt of poems is midnight, Thursday 14th September 2017. The website will accept no submissions after that time. See terms and conditions. There is no entry fee and no prize money.

Tips and Hints
Submitted work will be appearing in public, online and in a printed anthology (subject to funding) so please read, and re-read, your work carefully before submitting. The final selection will take account of grammar, punctuation and presentation as appropriate to the context of the poem.
You are responsible for your own proofreading.

Good luck!

* funding has been applied for.



Terms and conditions

In the following, the term ‘we’ refers to Write Out Loud and its Marsden the Poetry Village subgroup.

By submitting your work you are deemed to have read and agreed to abide by these terms and conditions.

Each poem must have a title and be no more than 30 standard lines in length.

Poems must be suitable for display in a public place and contain no material that in the judgement of the curator might cause offence.

All submissions must be in English.

You can submit as many poems as you wish.

The closing date for submissions is midnight (UK time), Thursday 14th September 2017.

Those whose work is selected will be contacted by email and the results announced on the organisers’ websites and in the press where appropriate.

If selected you will be required to provide your full name and address.

We reserve the right to withdraw poems and substitute alternatives where necessary.

Only poems submitted on www.writeoutloud.net are eligible.

By submitting work you grant to Write Out Loud and Marsden the Poetry Village the right to use the work for continued display during the weekend of the festival and for a week either side, i.e from 30th September to the 15th October 2017, and in any printed anthology (subject to funding*)

All submissions must conform to the Write Out Loud website terms and conditions.

By submitting, you warranty that all work submitted is your own original work, does not contain anything that breaches copyright, plagiarises others’ work or infringes any intellectual property rights whatsoever.

All poems remain the copyright of the originating author.

In uploading your work you give permission for the organisers to publish the poem on the Write Out Loud website under its standard terms and conditions; and (if selected), on a poster in a Marsden shop, café, pub or similar premises, and in its print anthology (subject to funding); and for use in publicising this and subsequent initiatives.

No other use will be made of your work without your permission being sought.

Others’ work can be included or referenced within your poem, with appropriate permissions. Responsibility for securing written permission rests with the individual submitting the work. We can accept no responsibility or liability whatsoever in the event of any failure to secure such agreement.

Once submitted, poems cannot be amended or resubmitted.

Correspondence on individual work cannot be entered into, except for technical matters to do with uploading.

We accept no responsibility for loss of poems, so keep a copy.

We accept no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant submitting poems to this event, howsoever caused.

We accept no responsibility to any party for any technical failure whatsoever.

In any dispute the curator’s decision will be binding and final and no correspondence can be entered into on such decisions.

The project is managed by Write Out Loud (2015) CIC, www.writeoutloud.net

This competition is assocated with the Write Out Loud profile Marsden the Poetry Village

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