Write Out Loud's Milestones poetry competition is open for entries

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Write Out Loud’s Milestones poetry competition is now open for entries. We’re very excited about our global competition, to be judged by renowned Liverpool poet Brian Patten, and have been trailing it for months. We encourage each of you to share the news about it with any writers’ groups you’re part of, while those of you who are teachers might want to use it as the focus of a writing project with your pupils. Whatever you do, now’s the time to sharpen your pencil and start getting those entries in before the deadline of 21 June.

Write Out Loud is running the competition in association with the Milestone Society, and in conjunction with their Finding the Way project. First prize is £500. There is also an under-16 category, with a first prize of £100. All shortlisted entries will also be published in a competition anthology, which will be free to successful entrants.

The milestones in your poems can be physical (“those quirky lumps of rock or cast iron sitting quietly by the wayside, marking a path into the past”, as the Milestones website puts it) or metaphorical, and you can focus on one single milestone or a host of them.

The Milestone Society, established in 2001, has gathered records of over 20,000 milestones, guide posts and tollhouses still existing in the UK in a mission to tell the world about what these represent, the history of our highways and the people who travelled along them. Its Finding the Way project aims to restore some unique mileposts in Warwickshire.

The fee to enter for those aged 16 and over is £5. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for three poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem. Entrants aged 15 and under pay £1 per poem. Poems must be no more than 40 lines.

Results will be announced in early August. The winner will be invited to read their poem at an award ceremony in Long Compton, Warwickshire on 7 October.

So don’t delay. Enter our competition – and maybe 2017 will be a milestone year for you! 






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