The theme of this year’s competition is The Spirit of Childhood. Childhood is a time of magic and mystery, powerful emotions and experiences that remain in our hearts a lifetime. Some of these experiences are wonderful and nourish us into old age, other experiences are more painful and cast long shadows that we struggle to shake. We are looking forward to reading poems that capture the essence of childhood in all its guises.
The prizes are: 1st prize £150; 2nd prize £75; and 3rd prize £50. We will also award two prizes of £20 for poems of note from the following two categories: poems from poets aged 17-19 years; poems from poets in the Fylde area (postcodes starting FY). (All poems will be considered for prizes in the main category.) Please note – these prizes will increase in value depending on the number of entries we receive. As well as supporting disadvantaged children and families, our aim is to support a thriving arts community in the UK, so we will increase the prize fund if we receive a healthy bunch of entries.
Copyright remains with the creator, although we retain the right to publish the poems here on the website for a period of one years from 28/2/19.
Winners will be invited to attend one of our 2019 workshops with children. Winners are not obliged to attend but the invitation will be there. We will try to make some contribution towards covering reasonable travel expenses – though, of course, with the wonders of modern technology, it is possible to be present across the ethers on Skype or some other electronic link-up option.
Both judges are English Literature graduates, one of whom has worked with disadvantaged children, as a counsellor, for many years. Both judges will read all the poems and their decision will be final. Judges will not offer feedback on individual poems but they will present a judges’ report on the competition generally – this will be published in March 2019. Please make sure you read the Rules (see below) before submitting your entry.
1.The competition closes at midnight on 31st December 2018. Winners will be announced 28th February 2019.
2.The competition is open to anyone aged 17 and over at the time of the competition.
3.The prizes are: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £75, 3rd prize £50. We will also award two prizes of £20 for ‘poems of note’ from the following two categories: poems from poets aged 17-19 years (so please make sure you include you age on the entry form); poems from poets in the Fylde are (postcodes starting FY). (All poems will be considered for prizes in the main category.) Please note – these prizes will increase in value depending on the number of entries we receive. As well as supporting disadvantaged children and families, our aim is to support a thriving arts community in the UK, so we will increase the prize fund if we receive a healthy bunch of entries.
4.Each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee: £4.00 for the first poem, £3.00 each for two poems, or £7.50 each for 3 poems. Three poems is the maximum number of entries we can accept per entrant.
5.Payments must be made in pounds sterling. We can accept payment for entries on this website - please see the DONATE button on the left-hand side of the page - press that and follow the instructions. Please allow us to see your name when you make the donation, so that we can match entry forms to payment details. We will NOT share your details with any other body or organisation and your donations will NOT be listed on this website as we have managed the display settings to protect you privacy - see left-hand side of the page - 0 Donations. Entry fees can be also paid via PayPal - please go to www.paypal.com/signin , enter our email address Admin@fiveaspects.co.uk on the Make a Payment page and from there, follow the instructions to make your payment. In the box for Notes (situated below the payment box), please write the words 2018 Poetry followed by your full name and email address. If you are unable to make electronic payments and would like to send us a cheque, please contact us directly – telephone number 07455 81 6473.
6.Once you have made your payment, please email your completed entry form and the poems you wish to submit to Admin@fiveaspects.co.uk .
7. Entries must be submitted in English, although international entries are welcome.
8. Each poem must be submitted anonymously (see below) and on separate documents/attachments.
9.In the interests of the environment, we prefer electronic applications – each application will be acknowledged, so you can be sure we have received it. If you do not receive an email confirmation from us within 48 hours of making your submission, please do email us and let us know – Admin@fiveaspects.co.uk . If you are unable to submit your poems electronically, please call us on to discuss alternative forms of submission – telephone 07455 81 6473.
10. Applications must be accompanied by an entry form, though one form can cover multiple entries. Please make sure to include the titles of your entries on this form.
11.Once you have submitted your work, it cannot be edited, so please take care when submitting your entry/entries that you are sending us the final draft.
12.Please make sure you keep a copy of everything you submit.
13. Poems should not exceed 40 lines, plus title.
14.The theme of the competition is The Spirit of Childhood. For more information about this, please read through the information sheet.
15.To ensure the judging is fair and without prejudice or favour, all entries will be judged anonymously – please ensure that your name does not appear on your poem/s. All entries MUST be submitted with the title clearly written at the top of the page.
16.All work submitted must be the original work of the entrant and any work found not to be original will be eliminated from the competition.
17.Work entered for the competition must not have been published in any format up to the announcement of winners on 28th February 2019.
18.Please ensure that the email you provide us with on the entry form is a valid address, as this is the email address we will use to notify our winners.
19. All winners will be announced on our website and the winning works will be published there. The copyright of each work remains with the creator, but Five Aspects of ME reserves the right to publish the winning works on their website for a period of 12 months from 28/2/19.
20.We are running this competition as a fundraiser event, and monies raised will be used to provide workshops and courses to disadvantaged children/families in the Blackpool area. Our workshops use the arts to engage children and help them develop a sense of identity and self-confidence. All winners will be invited to attend one of our small written-word workshops. Winners are not obliged to attend but there will be an invitation to do so – we may be able to offer reasonable travel cost reimbursement (dependent on the income we generate through this competition). Attendance via Skype is also an option.
21.Workers and volunteers with Five Aspects of ME are not permitted to enter the competition.
22. Judges will read every work submitted. The judges’ decisions are final and we will not enter into discussion about the decisions we make. Judges may be changed without notice, due to unforeseen circumstances, but any replacement judges will have good literary skills and understanding.
Good luck everyone! We are looking forward to gaining inspiring new insights into childhood, as a result of reading your work.