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    1. Hello! This competition is not run by us so I’m not sure, but the website says it’s best to email [email protected].

      All the challenges on Young Poets Network are open to everyone under the age of 25. We currently have this name-themed challenge open written by T. S. Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield: bit.ly/NameChallenge

      And this Hobbit themed challenge asks young poets to write fun and interesting riddles: bit.ly/RiddleChallenge

      All our challenges are totally free to enter.

      Good luck!

      All best,


    1. Hi Pako,

      Thanks for your comment – it’s great to hear you’re an enthusiastic writer. Young Poets Network is not affiliated with most of the opportunities on our opportunities pages and you can find out more about these by following the links included on the page and it looks like this particular competition is closed. Here’s the link for comp where you can find more: http://thenationalschoolspoetrycompetition.com/submissions/

      However, we would love to receive poetry by you in our free Young Poets Network challenges which are open to all young poets aged 25 and younger throughout the world. Get inspired by the Timothy Corsellis Prize, responding to poets of the Second World War by 16 September: bit.ly/corsellis18

      Plus, we have FOUR August challenges open at the moment, written by young poets:
      – Our first August challenge is written by Enshia Li and explores the weird and wonderful world of the prose poem. Find out more and try your hand at writing prose poetry: bit.ly/augchall1 (closing Sunday)
      – Our second August challenge is all about found poetry – poems made from texts that already exist, such as newspapers, books, tweets – whatever you can think of! Discover more and enter: bit.ly/augchall2 (closing Sunday)
      – Our third August challenge is on national identity and poetry – think more deeply about how you fit into your country, and the role of patriotism today and over the last 200 years in this latest challenge by Damayanti Chatterjee, and by responding to this you can enter the Timothy Corsellis Prize: bit.ly/augchall3 (closing 16 September)
      – And our fourth August challenge is all about vernacular: the language you speak and use online, rather than the formal stuff you might write down. What words do you use colloquially and how can you use those in a poem? bit.ly/augchall4 (closing 17 September)

      To keep up to date on all we offer young poets, you can also join our free mailing list: ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/sign-up-to-young-poets-network/

      I hope this is helpful, and best of luck with your writing!

      Best wishes,

      Helen at Young Poets Network

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