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Inviting All Readers - A Chance To Win A Book Token

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a start to steer her by;
And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking...

Sea Fever - John Masefield


Following the success of last year's poetry competition, which was won by Mrs. Joyce Atkinson, with commended runners-up, we have decided to run another.
As advised in July/August magazine, the subject and title are The Sea.

The competition is open to people of any age, including last year’s competition entrants, and poems from young people and children will be particularly welcome. There are no entry fees.

The prize will be a £20.00 book token and lots of honour and glory. A £20.00 book token will also be awarded to the best under-18 entrant. Prizes are awarded at the discretion of the judges (but no entrant will be awarded more than one prize). The winning poem(s) will be published in the February 2019 issue of Focus.

Judges will be Rev Jan Ashton, Vicar of St Stephen’s, Mr Karl Brennan, chair of Hightown Parish Council and Mrs Sally-Anne Tapia-Bowes, a local published novelist and poet.

Your poem must be original. It should be creative, with good use of words, imagery and rhythm. It can be funny, sad, romantic – or what you will; its form can range from a sonnet to a limerick; you can choose rhyme, scan or free verse. Check your grammar and spelling. Read the rules below and over page.

The closing date is 1 November 2018. Have fun.

If you want to hone your poetry skills and have an evening of fun, why not join a meeting or two of the poetry group that meets in the Hightown Hotel on the first Thursday of every month.


Poetry Competition Rules

Am I eligible to enter?

  • Yes, if you live in Hightown, Little Crosby, or Ince Blundell, or work or belong to an organisation in Hightown. Judges of this competition, members of St Stephen’s Parochial Church Council (PCC) or magazine committee may not enter, but their families may enter if otherwise eligible.

What poems can I enter?

  • The title and subject of poems entering the competition is: The Sea.
  • You may submit one or two poems.
  • Your entries must be your original work, written in English and no longer than 20 lines.
  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among winners in another competition with results before 1 February 2019.

How do I enter?

What happens next?

  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award a prize(s) if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified. No entrant will be awarded more than one prize. Entries are judged anonymously.
  • The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges, members of the PCC, nor the magazine committee will enter any correspondence.
  • The winning poem will be published in the February 2019 issue of Focus magazine. The winner may be invited to read his/her poem in St Stephen’s Church or another venue (or to nominate a relative, friend or church officer to read on his/her behalf). Nov mag to printer 8 October. Dec Jan mag to printer 12 November. Judging takes place Nov/Dec.
  • Prize-winner(s) will be notified by the end of December 2018. If you are a winner, you will be required to provide a short biography and photograph immediately on notification (with parental approval if younger than 18 years).
  • The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of all poems, by entering the competition, grant the PCC the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem. Use of the winning poems elsewhere should include acknowledgement to Focus magazine.
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