Poetry competition launched in Enfield

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By JulieGK | Thursday, October 04, 2012, 17:46

As part of National Poetry Day today, October 4, Enfield Council will be hosting two fantastic Poetry Awards, The Enfield Young People's Poetry Competition 2012 and The Enfield Mayor's Poetry Award 2012.

This year's poetry competitions will be asking entrants to compose their work on the theme of 400 years of the New River. This is the river that connects Enfield to Central London.

The winning poems will be judged by local professional poets in partnership with the Cultural Services Team, and the judges will be looking for poems that meet the theme, have excellent use of language, good structure and have a level of originality.

The adjudicator for the third year running will be award-winning poet and Enfield resident Mario Petrucci.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said "The New River was created to supply fresh water to London, and was, for its time, a huge undertaking.

"The New River is iconic, and brings together communities, and for this reason has been chosen as the focus for our competitions.

"So don't delay if you feel you have a poem in you send to us, and you may win a prize."

All the poems submitted will be published on the Council's website in 2013 as part of The Enfield Festival and the winners will be announced in the press.

Please send your poems to: Cultural Services team – Community and schools poetry competition, Forty Hall, Forty Hill, Enfield, EN2 9HA or by email

The Competition:

The Enfield Young people's Poetry Competition 2012

The deadline for poems is Monday 17th December 2012.

Enfield Council is offering community groups, clubs, schools or school classes the opportunity to win an award to celebrate water, waterways and/or the New River.

There will be three categories for the award:

• £500 for the best poem entered by a community group, club, school, or school class (who can provide up to 30 poems for their entry - 17yrs and under).

• One award of £500 for the best poem entered by a special school or special school class (who can provide up to 30 poems for their entry - 18yrs and under).

• One award of £100 for a poem by an individual (17yrs and under).

The Enfield Mayor's Poetry Competition:

The deadline for poems is Friday 21st December 2012.

1st Prize £500

2nd Prize £300

3rd Prize £200

Special 'Enfield Prizes' for:

1. Poem inspired by water and waterways. Prize: £50

2. Poem on the subject of Enfield. Prize: £50

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