The Charles Causley Trust Children and Young People’s Poetry Competition 2014

Illustration by Jonathan Habens

Illustration by Jonathan Habens

Charles Causley is among the foremost British poets of his generation. He lived almost all his life in his native town in Launceston where he worked as a primary school teacher. 2013 was the tenth anniversary of his death in 2003.

The competition is open to children and young people aged 5-16 living in Cornwall. There are three age categories. We urge all writers to read Charles Causley’s poems before writing their own. Poems are available in Causley’s ‘Collected Poems for Children’ and also with the poet reading them on the Poetry Archive.

Causley wrote memorably of the place and the people where he lived. The broad theme for the competition is: Growing up in Cornwall

  • Category one for children aged 5-7
  • Category two for children aged 8-11
  • Category three for young people aged 12 – 16


The Prizes

The winner in each category will win a two poetry hour workshop with a professional writer for their class or group which can be organised through KEAP.

In addition for the individual writer:

  • First prize in each category a £30 book token
  • Second prize in each category at £20 book token
  • Third prize in each category a £10 book token

Deadline for submissions is: Friday 17th July 2014.

All entries should be sent to: Amanda Harris, KEAP, Hall For Corwall Back Quay, Truro TR1 2LL

RULES OF ENTRY

  • Poems must be original and unpublished and in English.
  • They can be in any form or style but no longer than 40 lines, excluding the title.
  • Poems must be inspired by the theme of Growing Up in Cornwall and must be accompanied by a few lines explaining the inspirational context.
  • Poems should be typed and three copies provided
  • Each copy must include the entrant’s name, date of birth and name of teacher/group leader and name and address of school/youth group.  Children or young people who wish to enter as individuals are very welcome. Please include the name and contact details of your parent or guardian.
  • There is no entry fee.  No more than one submission per person.
  • Winners will be contacted in writing through their school or group, or contact details provided.
  • The competition judges will be announced by The Charles Causley Trust. The judges’ decision will be final.  No correspondence can be entered into.
  • The winners will be publically announced at the North Cornwall Book Festival Young Readers Day on October 23rd. All the winning poems will be read at this event.
  • The Trust will arrange publicity for this and will have the right to publish the winning poems.  Copyright remains with the authors.

If you have any queries contact Amanda Harris at KEAP amanda.harris@keap.org.uk

SPONSORED BY PATRICK GALE