All together now! Deadline nears for Marsden the Poetry Village competition
It’s make your mind up time for those of you still pondering your entry for the Marsden the Poetry Village competition on the theme of ‘Together’ – the deadline for competition entries is coming up fast, on June 1. The competition theme can be interpreted in a number of ways: it could be relationships, friendship, structures, getting your head together, teamwork, sport, government working with the opposition, playing, games, plaits, glue … the possibilities seem endless.
Patience Agbabi will be judging the competition. First prize is £300, second £100 and third-place £50.Winning entries and those of selected runners-up will appear in a competition anthology, to be published in autumn 2019, subject to funding. This will also contain poems selected from local poetry workshops run for children and young people as part of a project funded by local charities.
Marsden is a village in the West Yorkshire Pennines, and Marsden the Poetry Village is a group of enthusiasts creating poetry initiatives within its community and nearby, including poetry pubs and cafes where customers can read poetry books whilst drinking a beer or coffee, as well as poems posted regularly on posters in shop windows in the village.
Community and cultural activities in the village include a community cinema, library-based authors’ readings, regular live music, Mechanics’ Institute cultural centre, a canal-boat-based travelling theatre, and a renowned jazz and other festivals.
The fee to enter is £4. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for three poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem. See Write Out Loud's Competitions page for more details
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