Worcestershire Poet Laureate

The search is ON for Worcestershire’s FOURTH Poet Laureate – could it be you? Enter today! Closing date 28th March 2014.

Fancy a chance at becoming Worcestershire’s fourth Poet Laureate? The competition to find the 2014-2015 Worcestershire Poet Laureate is now open.

If you are a poet or budding poet this could be a great opportunity for you to showcase your work and promote poetry as an art form across the County. The remit of the Worcestershire Poet Laureate is as follows, but is not limited to:

  • To act as an ambassador for poetry for the County of Worcestershire and to promote poetry as an acceptable art form and form of writing.
  • To write several poems throughout the year as Poet Laureate for occasions such as, but not limited to “The Victorian Christmas Fayre”, “The Anniversary of 9/11″ and more.
  • To make personal appearances as the Poet Laureate at key events throughout the County during the year of tenure as Worcestershire Poet Laureate and to perform live at events as requested.
  • To promote the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe (WLF&F) during the tenure as Poet Laureate.
  • Poems in ‘shire’ towns – visit towns of Worcestershire on National Poetry Day – 2nd October 2014.
  • To respond to enquiries as Poet Laureate in a timely and proactive manner.
  • To promote poetry within schools and organisations.
  • To undertake press, media, radio and TV interviews as and when appropriate.
  • To be on the judging panel for the appointment of the County’s fifth Poet Laureate. Interviews 4pm-6pm 9 April 2015. Final judging at the launch event Friday 19th June 2015.
  • To work closely with the WLF&F organisers and directors and to maximise PR and Promotional opportunities as far as possible.  Collaboration with the Worcestershire Poet Laureate Emeritus and Young Poet Laureate may also be required.

How To Enter

To enter the Worcestershire Poet Laureate competition, please send us two poems, one on the theme of ‘A Prelude to War’ and one original poem of your choice. Entries should be single line spaced and no more than 40 lines in length not including the title line but including spaces between verses. Poems should be on separate pages.  Please do not write your name on either of the poems, but include their titles in the body of your submission email.

If you are short-listed, you will be invited to attend a shortlisting interview. The interview will last ten minutes. In this time you should be prepared to read one of your submitted poems and one published poem by another poet of your choice – both poems should be no more than 40 lines long. This will be followed by an informal chat with at least two of our judges.

The entry fee for the competition is £5.00 and you can pay via PayPal: Buy Now Button with Credit Cards

or by sending a cheque made out to ‘Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe’ to:

Poet Laureate Competition
Appletree Cottage
7 Nursery Road
St John’s

Please note that entries sent without the entry fee will not be considered.

The closing date for the competition is Friday 28th March 2014. Interviews will take place between 4pm-6pm 10 April 2014.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your entries!

Terms & Conditions

Closing date is 28th March 2014.

One entry only per poet. Do not submit work more than once.

You must be age 20 or over and be resident in the County of Worcestershire to be eligible for the title of Worcestershire Poet Laureate.

Submitted pieces must not have been published or performed elsewhere and must be the entrant’s own original work. Translations of anyone else’s work are not eligible.

Copyright of each entry remains with the writer; entries may be published on the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe (WLF&F) website and social media, read at WLF&F events and included in an anthology later in the year.

Entries must be in English.

Submit entries as a Word.doc or .rtf attachment in an email to WLF&F Secretary secretary@worcslitfest.co.uk The subject line of the e-mail must be: ‘Worcestershire Poet Laureate 2014-2015” and you must either give your PayPal Transaction ID or indicate that you have sent a cheque as payment.

Your submission email should also include a Statement of Interest which should demonstrate why you would like to be considered for the position, what experience you have (if any) in promoting poetry, as well as detailing what you would bring to the position. The statement should ideally be no more than 250 words to include a circa 100 word profile / biography.

You must be available on the evenings of Thursday 10th April for an interview and Friday 19th June 2015 at the WLF&F Launch event at The Guildhall in Worcester to perform your poems if you are shortlisted.

The theme is ‘A Prelude to War’ and one poem must be submitted on this theme, plus one additional poem of your choice. Poems must be original and unpublished.

All entries will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt of your payment. If you have not heard from us within a week please contact us. It is your responsibility to confirm your entry has been received.

No alterations can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence can be entered into. No entrant may win more than one prize.

Prize winners will be notified at the Launch event. The results will also be published on the Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe website.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the rules will result in disqualification.

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