Friday, 1 February 2013

Budding poet? Enter the Postcard Poetry competition!

Manchester Libraries are running a competition for budding poets aged 6 -16, as the city gears up for World Book Day.

Winners of the Postcard Poetry contest in three age categories - 6–10 years, 11–13 years, 14–16 years - will have their poems printed as postcards, as part of Manchester’s celebration of books, reading and libraries for World Book Day on 7 March.

The poems can be in any style, but need to fit on a postcard, so must be no more than 100 words long. The theme for the competition is libraries. Entrants could pen a verse about their favourite author, a book that they love, or anything else library-related that inspires them to get creative.

As well as receiving copies of their poem printed on postcards - which will also be proudly displayed in Manchester libraries - the three winners will also receive special prizes.

Executive member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, said: "This is a great chance for young people to show off their imaginative side. Even if you’ve never thought about writing a poem before, there’s no reason why you can’t come up with something really special."

The closing date for entries to the Postcard Poetry competition is Saturday 23 February. To download an entry form and for more information visit

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