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Buxton Poetry Competition 2016

July 27, 2016


Due to high demand organisers of the Buxton Poetry Competition have extended the entry deadline to 26th  September 2016. The competition, which is run by Buxton Festival and The University of Derby, welcomes over 500 poems  from across the country and even further afield with entries coming in the past from the USA, New Zealand and India.


Poets of all ages and experience are encouraged to entrer the competition which has three categories – Open for adult poets, Youth for 12-18 year old poets, and Children’s for poets 11 and under.  The top prize in the Open Category is £500 and winners in the Children’s and Youth categories will receive book tokens. The competition theme in 2016 is Hidden.


The Open category judge is former Derbyshire Poet Laureate and previous Buxton Poetry Competition winner Matt Black. Here Matt’s tells us about the competition’s theme:


‘Hidden encompasses so many different aspects of experience. We hide treasures, feelings, thoughts, our best selves, our worst selves. I shan’t be looking for any single idea, or any single kind of poem – just a poem that is inspired by the theme, and that sings in its bones or wears on its skin that mysterious factor that makes a good poem.’


Please visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk to download an entry form or email claire@buxtonfestival.co.ulk or call the Festival office on 01298 70395


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