A new Poetry Competition for popular event

Entries coming in for the first Poetry Competition to be commissioned by Telford & Wrekin Council as part of the annual Festival of Imagination event taking place in September in Ironbridge.

A new Poetry Competition for popular event

The competition is running in conjunction with poetry collective Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists and is open to anyone from across the globe, welcoming poems on any and every subject. 

Telford & Wrekin Council who lead on the Festival of Imagination event, working in collaboration with local partners, are delighted this year to add the poetry competition to the event programme. 

The competition deadline is midnight 31 July so budding participants will need to get their entries ready.  First prize in the competition is £300, with a second prize of £125, and three third prizes of £25 each. In addition, poems sent in by people living in a TF postcode will also be eligible for the local prize of £50.  Details how to submit, along with rules for the competition can be found at www.ironbridgefestival.co.uk/poetry-comp/. 

Simon Fletcher, widely-published as a poet and manager of Offa’s Press is this year’s judge. Asked what he may expect from a good poem: 

“I hope to find something that’s grounded in life today that shows me something fresh and offers some uplift in these challenging times.” 

Cllr Carolyn Healy (Labour), Cabinet Member Climate Change, Green Spaces, Natural and Historic Environment and Cultural Services, said:

“This is a great opportunity for people to get involved and we encourage writers new and experienced to enter, putting thoughts down to paper and submitting that poem you may have in your head. The Festival Of Imagination is a fantastic event involving many partners bringing in their passions and skills to provide a varied and exciting programme for visitors to enjoy. Don’t forget closing deadline is 31 July!”