The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much more closer to home.
So, you can express a vision on world politics, or indeed about a decision made by your local council. For example, you can address politics and religion, or the political aspects of war. The poem can be about civil liberties or threats against them, about social injustices, or even about the politics of the use of certain words or language. The opportunities of this theme are endless.
We don’t have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, look for a beautiful use of language.
What is the Prize?
The author of the winning poem will receive £200.
The winning poem and runners-up will be published in our online magazine
Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar and her brother, poet and author Arnold Jansen op de Haar will judge this competition and read all the poems.
Who can take part?
- We accept poems from authors of all nationalities and based anywhere in the world provided you comply with these guidelines:
- Your poem has to be written in English
- Translations are not accepted
- Poems should not exceed 50 lines
- The poem must be the original work of the entrant
- The poems must not have been previously awarded or published
- You can only send in one poem per entrant
- You have to be eighteen or over
- You can be based in any country but your poem needs to be in English
- You can be of any nationality but your poem needs to be in English
- We only accept email submissions
- When is the closing date?
You can send in your entries from 1 March and the competition closes on 31 August 2016 at midnight GMT.
How to submit your entry
In order to enter the competition you have to email us: email@example.com. We regret that we cannot process entries that do not follow the submission guidelines set out below, so please read these instructions carefully.
- The poem must be attached as a single Microsoft Word or PDF file
- The file has to be named as follows: ddmmyy_firstnamesurname_pp.doc or .pdf, where ddmmyy is the date on which you send the email, first name and surname form your name.
- Poetry & Politics must appear in the subject line of the email
- The body of the email should contain your contact details
- Please do not add your name or contact details to the attachment that contains the poem
- Good luck! We look forward to receiving and reading your poem.
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