Monday, August 24, 2009

Competition: Old Possum International Kids Poetry Competition 2009

Here's an announcement for an international online poetry contest for children (7-11 years) & those who teach at primary level. Details below.

Rodney Tan

Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition 2009 On the theme of ‘Heroes and Heroines ’ for children aged 7-11 years

Carol Ann Duffy , the new Poet Laureate, is to chair the judging panel for this year's Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition for 7-11 year olds. The Competition is organised by the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf, a poetry book club for young people run by the Poetry Book Society.

To link with National Poetry Day on Thursday 8 October, children will be asked to write a poem in English no longer than 25 lines on the theme of ‘Heroes and Heroines’.

Carol Ann Duffy is joined by a distinguished panel of people who either write poetry for children or are passionate about it: John Agard , poet and playwright, whose Young Inferno has just won the 2009 CLPE Poetry Award; Antonia Byatt, Director of Literature Strategy at Arts Council England; Gillian Clarke , National Poet of Wales , playwright and translator; Janetta Otter-Barry , Publisher of Janetta Otter-Barry Books, an imprint of Frances Lincoln; and Roger Stevens, poet, author, musician and founder of the Poetry Zone website

Now in its fourth year, the competition is open to both individuals and schools. Cash prizes of £250 for first prize, £100 for second and £50 for third will be awarded, along with books and CPB memberships, in two age groups, 7-8 year-olds and 9-11 year-olds. Entries will be accepted from Thursday 10 September, up until the closing date of Monday 19 October. The winners will be announced at a gala celebration in London in December.

The British Council partnership, established last year, will continue to encourage entries to the ‘International Learner category’ for children based outside the UK who are learning English as a foreign or second language.

The Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition will encourage children to write poems of their own and help teachers to bring poetry alive in the classroom. A teacher’s guide to accompany the competition will be available to download from this website, along with entry forms and details, from September.

Click here to find out more about last year's Competition.

The Old Possum's Children's Poetry Competition is generously supported by Old Possum’s Practical Trust.


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