Entries are invited for the second Jersey Festival of Words Poetry Competition. Launched last year, this new opportunity for Island poets to win both recognition for their work and cash prizes is already an integral part of a distinctive festival whose aims include the encouragement of local writers as well as visits by internationally renowned authors.
Almost 200 poems were submitted in 2018, with the overall winner receiving the Alan Jones Prize, named in honour of the inspirational Jersey poet and teacher who died in 2013.
Alan Jones (1940-2013) made a unique contribution to the literary life of Jersey, not only as an award-winning poet who drew inspiration from both his native island and his worldwide travel experiences but also as a teacher and mentor who guided generations of students and aspiring writers. An anthology of his poems, Ninety Mile Beach, was published to coincide with the launch of the first Jersey Festival of Words in 2015.
The Jersey Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open for entries in three categories (age as on 31 July 2019). They are:
Adult (18-plus) The winner will be awarded the Alan Jones Prize and £300 Second prize: £100 Third prize: £50
AGES 14-17 In the 14-17 category: First prize: £100 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £25
AGES 9-13 In the 9-13 category: First prize: £50 Second prize: £25 Third prize: £10
• Entrants must be Jersey-born or resident in Jersey.
• All poems will be judged anonymously.
• Entry is free. Each poem must be entered on a separate sheet of A4 paper, typewritten in black and on one side of the paper only. Do not write your name against your poem(s).
• Maximum of three entries.
• Entries must include a separate sheet with your name, age if under 18, address, telephone number and email address, as well as the title(s) of your poem(s).
• Your poem(s) cannot be returned, so keep a copy for yourself.
• Poems must be in English and must not exceed 40 lines. They must be your own unaided work and not a translation of another poet’s work.
• Entries must not have been published previously in any public form, print or digital, or have won a prize in any other competition.
• Individual entrants are eligible to receive no more than one prize.
• Entries may be published at the discretion of the organisers.
• Closing date is 31 July 2019.
Entries should be sent to:
Sheila Jones, Heather View, Rue de la Devise, St Ouen, JE3 2AG