Banish Your Winter Blues With Poetry!
The 8th international Welsh Poetry Competition, 2014, was launched this week in Pontypridd, South Wales. Our annual competition has gone from strength to strength each year and is a significant part of the literary calendar.
Writer and competition organizer Dave Lewis said: “The continued success of the competition shows there is a great hunger for honest appreciation of the spoken word. Many feel the competition is unique because it is truly independent, we do not use filter judges and all our entries are judged anonymously. So, whether you are an established writer or a complete beginner, everyone has the same chance of winning. This, we believe, is vitally important because it allows exciting new talent to emerge.”
This year the competition will be judged by Welsh writer, poet and environmentalist, John Evans.
“We are delighted that John has agreed to judge this year’s competition. He has become an internationally respected figure both for his writing and his tireless work campaigning to conserve our wildlife and natural environment.
“The competition has had seven great years already and recently published an anthology containing all the winning poems from the first five years of the competition. Copies can be obtained from the competition website.
“As always, we hope to discover previously unpublished voices alongside the more familiar literary names. We are not interested in dry, pseudo-academic, writing but believe good poetry should be raw, passionate, and honest – this is what we want to see bursting onto the creative writing scene in Wales! Are you brave enough?”
Prizes are: 1st Prize – £400, 2nd Prize – £200 and 3rd Prize – £100, plus 17 runners-up will be published on our web site and in a future anthology!
To enter you just need to compose a poem, in English, of less than 50 lines and send to the competition organizers. Entry forms are available by post, can be downloaded from the web site or picked up from all libraries. It is just £4 to enter and the closing date is Sunday 15th June 2014.
Competition Website – www.welshpoetry.co.uk
Competition Judge – www.johnevans.org.uk