Roll up, roll up! It’s time for a competition.
The theme for National Poetry Day (October 3rd) is
Truth. In a radical interpretation of theme, Charley Barnes, Worcestershire
Poet Laureate, is launching a competition on the theme of Truth and
This is a competition for all of the home truths, the harsh
realities, and the things you won’t own up to – but with a twist.
Every single entry of this competition is to be anonymised.
Charley acknowledges that people will be emailing their submissions, so things
won’t be completely anonymous. That said, Charley will never part
with the names of the poets and she will be judging this competition alone, so
identities won’t be shared beyond the initial submission email.
So, here’s how to get involved:
- Get your home truths and confessions at the ready
- Ping them over to our competition email (which we’ll
reveal later this week)
- Await the results
There a few aims for this competition overall. Firstly, entries
for the competition will be £2 per poem but there’s no limit on how many
poems any one person can submit. The reason that entries are £2 is because at
the end of this experience, Charley would like to publish the longlisted
poems as a small pamphlet, titled Anon. This will be a collection of
the finest poems from the competition round-up and, even when they hit the
printing press, we still won’t give your names away!
How does this tie in to National Poetry Day? Well, on the day
itself Charley will arrange for an exhibition of longlisted poems to be
displayed at The Hive, Worcester. There will also be readings of the poems
taking place too. When longlisted poets are notified of their achievement, they
will be invited along to read at the blessed event – providing they don’t mind
their identities being shared. If, however, people would like to remain
anonymous, then we can arrange for someone to read your poem on your behalf.
We’ve got a little bit of everything covered with this one!
The timeline for these events are:
- August 2nd, competition opens
- Midnight on September 2nd, competition
- During the week of September 16th,
longlisted poets will be notified
- October 3rd, we celebrate!
So standby for the official competition launch on August 2nd
(just a few days to wait).