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 novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). 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 and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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