Opportunity: Bradford on Avon Arts Festival launches national poetry competition

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2017 (September 2nd – 17th) has announced that this year’s programme will include a national poetry competition, with a first prize of £500.

Additional prizes are £150 for second and £100 for third place, plus seven Highly Commended awards and a special local prize for those living in the BA15 (Bradford on Avon) postcode area. All finalists will be invited to read their poems at a finals event during this year’s Festival, on Sunday, September 17th. This event will include a performance of her own work by the competition judge, nationally-known poet, and Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, Carrie Etter.

Poems are to be written on the Festival’s 2017 theme, which is Flights of Fancy, and should be twenty lines or less. The closing date for entries is July 30th 2017. No entry form is required. Full rules and entry details are available on the Festival website, www.boaartsfestival.com

The competition is being run in association with the town’s regular poetry reading series, Words & Ears, which invites poets of national standing to perform at The Swan Hotel on the final Thursday of each month.

The previous poetry competition run by the Festival and Words & Ears was the hugely successful Poems On A Beermat in 2014, which attracted entries from every corner of the UK, and as far afield as Australia and the United States. Judged by poet Martin Malone, it saw the finalists’ poems printed on beermats distributed to the public houses in Bradford on Avon and outlying villages.

For more information about the competition, or about Words & Ears, please contact the competition organiser, Dawn Gorman, on 07765 106894 or email dawn@dawngorman.co.uk

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