Peacock Poetry Prize
1 Mar 2013
The Changing City
Have you ever noticed how your city changes? Shops close, new ones open, funky little cafes and cake shops spring up all the time. Have you ever discovered a new quiet space or sunny corner where you can sit and watch the world go by? How about the faces of the people walking past, have they changed? Does the city seem to change as you grow older, or as day turns to night?
Submit your poems
Writers aged 8 to 18 are invited to submit poems about the way our city is changing to the 2013 Peacock Poetry Prize.
The theme – The Changing City – was chosen by Brighton Festival Guest Director, Michael Rosen and as senior judge Michael will be inviting the 12 lucky finalists to join him for afternoon tea.
What is the Peacock Poetry Prize?
The Peacock Poetry Prize is an annual competition produced by Brighton Festival and Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) to encourage young writers to explore the written word from a creative point of view.
'The idea for the prize sprang from some typically imaginative thinking within our outstanding English and Media Departments and was met with an equally enthusiastic response from the creative, dedicated staff at Brighton Festival,' said Chris Thomson, Principal at BHASVIC.
'We aim to get young people writing right across Sussex, encourage them to engage with the Festival’s theme and to look on themselves as practitioners as well as participants in this world-class arts festival on their doorstep.'
The competition is open to residents of Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex. There are three age categories (8–11; 12–15; and 16–18); poems should be no longer than 40 lines. Entry is free and the closing date is Mon 15 Apr, 5pm.
So pick up a pen and tell us what’s new and different in your version of the city. We are even running free workshops to inspire and spur you into action. Good luck!