Young writers urged to enter under 18s poetry competition for five to 18s in Kent

The poets of the future are being sought for an annual countywide poetry competition.

Canterbury Festival’s under 18s poetry competition last year saw entries from more than 1,500 children and young people from across the county.

Do you know a budding young poet?
Do you know a budding young poet?

This year's theme for the contest, which is open to five to 18-year-olds, is Earth Tribe and organisers welcome abstract interpretations which could include the planet, nature, animals and climate change.

Young writers have until Friday, July 17 to get their entries in.

Up to 40 poems are shortlisted and published in an anthology and the winners receive a book voucher and have the opportunity to read their poem on National Poetry Day, which is Thursday, October 1, at an event at St Edmunds School, Canterbury.

To get young poets started, the festival have created a poetry resource pack full of ideas. Parents can find out more, download the resources and enter multiple poems by clicking here.

The under 18s poetry competition is for ages five upwards
The under 18s poetry competition is for ages five upwards

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* The Canterbury Festival itself, which is due to run from Tuesday, October 17 to Saturday, October 31, is still currently scheduled to go ahead.

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