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Peacock Poetry Prize asks young writers to explore the theme of ‘belonging’

The Peacock Poetry Prize - an annual creative writing competition produced by Brighton Festival and Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) - is asking Sussex poets aged between 8 - 25 years to respond to the theme ‘belonging’.

The theme, linked to Brighton Festival Guest Director Hofesh Shechter’s new work Sun, asks budding bards to question what keeps us grounded and together, and to consider where we really belong in 2014.

Submissions will be divided into three age groups - those writers aged between 8-14 years, 14-18 years and 18-25 years old. Finalists will be invited to a special celebratory event during Brighton Festival, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs to the writers of the best entries.

‘The Peacock Poetry Prize has gone from strength to strength since we started it four years ago,’ says Pippa Smith, Head of Creative Learning at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival.

‘The quality of work submitted is always astounding and we hope the poets pursue their dreams of making careers from their writing.’

'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.'

Click here to download an entry form. 

Deadline for entries: Mon 21 Apr 2014