october, 2019

03oct1:00 am1:00 amThe Word Poetry CompetitionUK Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: 24 lines
Top Prize: £100

Event Details

In the beginning was the Word… join us this summer and make these words echo with your own. Poetry can help us understand the world around us, shine new light in dark corners, and express ourselves in fresh ways.

Lichfield Cathedral invites you to write new poems inspired by the awe and wonder of the anniversary of the Moon landing and that one small step for humanity, to reflect on the origins of the universe and the vastness of space, light and time, and to explore our fragile earth through the themes of creation and cosmology, space travel and astronomical discovery.

Poems submitted should be written on the theme of either ‘Awe and Wonder’ (7–11 and 12–16 age categories) or ‘Light in our Darkness’ (17–25 and 26 and over age categories). We would like entries to be as creative as possible when interpreting these themes. We are looking for poems which go beyond simple rhyming couplets and limericks; we are looking for original, contemporary poems. This is an invitation to write in new and exciting poetic forms!

These winners, alongside seven others in each category will be chosen to be displayed in Lichfield Cathedral from the end of November until the early part of January in a specially curated exhibition by the Cathedral’s own Artist-in-Residence, Peter Walker.

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