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Peacock Poetry Prize 2017: ‘Everyday Epic’

In Partnership with BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College) and BHee (the Brighton and Hove environmental education project).

In celebration of the work of our Guest Director Kate Tempest, we invite young people age 8 – 19 to submit poems on the theme of ‘Everyday Epic’.

From a pebbled beach to a stranger’s smile, from a sporting milestone to a quiet read, Brighton Festival invites you to reflect on the small observations and achievements of our daily lives which we piece together in order to celebrate and share our common humanity.

Each budding writer may submit up to three poems with a maximum length of 20 lines per poem. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 3 April 2017.

Finalists and their friends and relatives will be invited to a reception in Brighton Dome on Thursday 25th May at 5pm when the winners of each age category and the BHee prize will be announced. This year the Brighton and Hove environmental education project (BHee) will be giving a special prize to a school pupil whose poem celebrates our interaction with the natural world.

Entries must include: Name, Email Address, Age, Date of Birth, Poem and Title (no longer than 20 lines). 

If you would like your poem(s) to be considered for the BHee prize, please include the name of your school on your entry. This prize is open to all pupils attending primary and secondary schools in Brighton and Hove.

Prize Category Age Groups:
8 - 10
11 - 13
14 - 16
17 - 19

Deadline: Mon 3 Apr, 5pm

Entries must be emailed, together with full name, age and date of birth to peacock@brightonfestival.org or posted to:
Peacock Poetry Prize, Brighton Festival, 12a Pavilion Buildings, Castle Square, Brighton BN1 1EE

The Peacock Poetry Prize is an annual competition to encourage young writers to explore the written word from a creative point of view. The aim is to get young people writing right across Sussex and encourage them to engage with the Festival’s theme. The competition is open to residents of Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex aged 8 - 19.