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Poetry Competition for Young People in Devon

PUBLISHED: 12:16 28 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:22 20 February 2013

Wordquest Devon is offering an opportunity for aspiring young writers across Devon to submit a poem about their favourite places across the county.

Wordquest Devon is offering an opportunity for aspiring young writers across Devon to submit a poem about their favourite places across the county.



There are four age-based categories for submissions: 5 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years and 14 to 16 years. First, second and third prizes of book tokens will be awarded in each category. All winners will be invited to read their work on Wordquest FM the projects weekly radio programme aired live and on-line on Soundart Radio 102.5FM.



The poems will be judged by members of the Wordquest Devon Executive Committee from Aune Head Arts, Cyprus Well (the literary development agency for the SW), Devon County Libraries and the University of Exeter. One overall winner will receive a creative writing workshop for their school led by a Devon-based writer.



Sarah Cobley, Wordquest Devon Creative Producer said: the concept for the competition was inspired by last months National Poetry Day we wanted to take the energy generated to encourage young people to respond to what is special to them in Devon. While the prizes provide an initial attraction to writing a poem, we hope that participants find that writing poetry is habit-forming! The poems can be fanciful, funny, factual or frivolous. Wed like Devons young people to look around them and write about their favourite public places: a local park, a beach, a skate park, a high street or their favourite private ones: their bedroom, secret hideaway, treehouse or den.



Only one poem per young person can be entered. The closing date for entries is 31 January, 2012. Further details and entry forms can be found at: http://www.auneheadarts.org.uk/site/projects/wordquest/events.html. For further information contact Sarah Cobley, wordquest@auneheadarts.org.uk or 07808 787 266.

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