We are really excited to announce the launching of The Sturminster Newton Literary Festival Poetry Competition and invite you to send in poems on the theme of Water.  

  • Primary school children age 4-11: up to three entries of no more than 20 lines
  • Secondary school children age 11-18: up to three entries of no more than 40 lines
  • Adults: £3 fee for up to three entries of no more than 40 lines

 

The Poetry Competition is being run on behalf of the Festival by The Friends of Sturminster Newton Library and is being judged by local poet Valerie Bridge.  A love of words has always been Valerie’s passion.  Her work has been published in several of the poetry presses and prize anthologies: Envoi, Tears in the Fence, Brando’s Hat, Smoke, Fire, Kent and Sussex Anthology, the Exeter Prize Anthology, Poetry Monthly, Dorset Waters, Dorset Contours and the Russell Cotes Museum’s Poetry Under Painted Skies. In 2004, she won Ottaker’s regional poetry prize. Valerie has two collections of poetry published: A Somersault of Doves (2013), which won first prize at the Winchester Writers’ Conference in the Slim Volume Small Edition 2013, and air dumplings and paper cutlets (2001).

Prizes:

The winning and shortlisted writers will see their entries published in an anthology which will be released in October 2019.

Closing date:

Midday on Saturday 1st June 2019.  

The winners will be announced during the evening performance of the Festival in the Stour Hall on Saturday 15th June 2019.  Winners will also be notified by post in the week immediately following the Festival.  

Writers of winning and shortlisted poems will be invited to the Festival’s Poetry Awards Ceremony at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton on Saturday 26th October 2019 at 2.30pm.

Full details are available at Sturminster Newton Library or download your application pack here.


Guest judge: Valerie Bridge

A love of words has always been Valerie’s passion.  Her work has been published in several of the poetry presses and prize anthologies: Envoi, Tears in the Fence, Brando’s Hat, Smoke, Fire, Kent and Sussex Anthology, the Exeter Prize Anthology, Poetry Monthly, Dorset Waters, Dorset Contours and the Russell Cotes Museum’s Poetry Under Painted Skies. In 2004, she won Ottaker’s regional poetry prize. Valerie has two collections of poetry published: A Somersault of Doves (2013) and air dumplings and paper cutlets (2001).  The collection Somersault of Doves won first prize at the Winchester Writers’ Conference in the Slim Volume Small Edition section 2013.

 

Read our Full interview with Valerie here