National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart who said, “There are millions of talented poets out there and it’s about time they got some recognition for their work. They shouldn’t be embarrassed about reading their work out aloud. I want people to read poetry on the bus on their way to work, in the street, in school and in the pub.”
It is a British campaign to promote poetry, including public performances. Since its inception National Poetry Day has engaged millions of people across the country with live events, classroom activities and broadcasts. This years them is Freedom.
To celebrate we are inviting any person between the ages of 9 and 11 years the chance to win £25.00 worth of books of their choice.
To enter all you need to do is submit an original piece of poetry about freedom. There is no constraint on the type or length of the poem – after all we are talking about freedom!
The winning entry will be picked by local poet Mel Woodend, who has published four adult poetry books and two dyslexia-friendly children’s poetry books.
Your poem will be published on this website and shared with our online community.
Closing date for entries is the Friday 20 October 2017.
First Prize: £25 to spend in-store.
Runners-up will receive a poetry book and a goody bag.
Prize will be presented on the 4th November 2017.
How to submit your entry
When submitting your entry please do not put any identifying names on the actual poetry entry. Instead, use a separate sheet of paper to put:
Your name, age, school, home address, contact number, email address and where you heard about this competition.
You may submit your entries by email, Facebook or Twitter or post to Chapters of Stafford. 146 Marston Road, Stafford. ST16 3BT
Note: Online our address says Albert Terrace but that is where our shop front is, our official address is Marston Road.