It’s coming up to the end of term now and as a Creative Writing Mentor and as a poet myself, it would be remiss of me not to promote a couple of last minute poetry competitions for students. So here we go – pens at the starting line:

Betjeman Poetry Prize

  • Open to 10-13 year old residents in the UK.
  • First prize £1000 (£500 to you, £500 to the English department of your school).
  • The theme is ‘place’.
  • Deadline 31 July 2016.

Foyle Young Poets

  • Open to 11-17 year olds – location not specified, but must be in English.
  • Winners receive an award on National Poetry Day on 6 October 2016.
  • Winner will be published in the Foyle Anthology, distributed to 24,000 schools, libraries and arts organisations across the UK.
  • Deadline 31 July 2016.

Best of luck to all you budding young poets in the world!



About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a writer, poet and literary blogger. Her debut poetry pamphlet, A Model Archaeologist, was launched in 2015 with Eyewear Publishing and her second collection, Chemotherapy for the Soul, was published by Fowlpox Press in 2017. She is a prize nominated poet, having been longlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, and her poetry and fiction was selected for the 'Best of the Web' Storm Cycle Anthology 2014, published by Kind of a Hurricane Press. Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.wordpress.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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