Festival Poetry Competition Art & Literature

Saturday 01 May 2021 - Friday 28 May 2021

Pop-Up Poetry Competition for all Budding Poets

During lockdown, the Festival Committee ran two successful series of online poetry readings.  For Lymm Festival 2021, we are varying the theme and opening the floor to all you budding poets!

The concept of ‘Freedom’ has been forefront in the public’s mind for the past year. Now, we want to see how the theme inspires our local poets.

So, please feel free to put pen to paper – we look forward to reading your work!

The Competition:

◊   Competition categories: Ages 11-15 and Ages 16+  
◊   Prizes in each age category: £50 (winner) and £25 (runner-up).

The deadline for submissions is midnight on 28th May 2021.  Poems received after this date and time will not qualify for entry.

Poems will be judged anonymously by our panel of local specialists:

◊   Hayleigh Turner: Head of English at Lymm High School
◊   Honor Giles: Organiser of ‘Our Favourite Poems’ and storyteller with a life-long love of poetry
◊   Sue Dodds: Writer, poet and organiser of several poetry events, including ‘Our Favourite Poems’ 

A selection of entries from each category will be recorded and released on Lymm Festival’s website and social media throughout the 2021 Festival (24th June to 4th July).  Some will also be recited in the much-loved ‘Our Favourite Poems’ event held in this period.

The winner and runner-up from each category will be announced online on the final day of the Festival, 4th July, and the poets will be contacted directly.

How to Enter:

Please send the information below to Sharon Cannell at  If you cannot submit by email, please contact her on 07547 129395 to discuss alternatives.

◊   Name
◊   Age
◊   Address and postcode
◊   Telephone number
◊   Full poem (300-word limit) and title

By submitting a poem, you agree to the terms and conditions listed below.

Good luck!

Rules, Terms and Conditions:

♦  The competition’s theme is ‘Freedom’.

♦  All submissions must be your own, original pieces of work, but do not have to be new. Poems previously published on online poetry forums, clubs or other sites may be submitted, provided you have not been paid for the poem’s publication and it has not won a prize in another competition.

♦  Poems will be submitted into one of the two age categories: Ages 11-15 and Ages 16+.  Under 16’s must obtain the permission of a parent, guardian or teacher before entering.

♦  Poems should have a word limit of 300 words (excluding the title).

♦  No more than one entry per person.

♦  The winners and runners up for each category will be chosen by the competition’s judging panel.  All poems will be judged anonymously.  The judges’ decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

♦  The deadline for submissions is midnight on 28th May 2021.  Poems received after this point will not qualify for entry.

♦  All entrants will retain the copyright for their poems but, by submitting their work, permit Lymm Festival to use their poems and names at any time during or after the competition, including for publication on social media, local news media and other media, for example local radio.

♦  The winners and runners-up will be announced by Lymm Festival on the final day of the Festival, 4 July 2021.

♦  All personal details submitted to Lymm Festival will be retained for 30 days after the closing date and then deleted.

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Saturday 01 May 2021 @ 01:00
to Friday 28 May 2021 @ 23:59


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