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Young people’s poetry competition at Chester Cathedral

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Chester Cathedral’s poet-in-residence has unveiled the cathedral’s very first Young People’s Poetry Competition. 

The competition, which is open to 16-25 year olds, invites poems of up to forty lines based on Chester Cathedral’s 2020 theme of ‘Journeys’.

Julia McGuinness, poet-in-residence, said: “Journeys can take many forms across distance and through time; over outer landscape or inner territory.

“Poems can also take many forms. We are open to imaginative and creative approaches to the theme and on the page.”

There are two categories:

  1. 16-18 years
  2. 19-25 years

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. The closing date for entries – which must be made electronically – is Tuesday 31st March 2020.

The competition will be judged by Carole Bromley, a York-based poet with three collections to her name and a fourth due out later this year.

Carole is the winner of a number of prizes, including The Bridport as well as the 2019 Hamish Canham Award.

She has judged numerous poetry competitions, and will be announcing Chester Cathedral’s competition winners in early May.

They will receive their prizes at a prize-giving event on Wednesday 20th May 2020.

Chester Cathedral’s canon missioner and vice dean, Canon Jane Brooke, said: “I’m delighted that Chester Cathedral can host a poetry competition, and look forward to reading the winning entries.”

Full details, including conditions of entry, can be found on Chester Cathedral’s website.

 

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