1. Yes, if you live in Hightown, Little Crosby, or Ince Blundell, or work in or belong to an organisation in Hightown. Judges of this competition, their families and magazine committee members may not enter. Parochial Church Council (PCC) members, other than magazine committee members, may enter. Families of magazine committee members may also enter.
2. The title and subject of poems entering the competition is: Unicorns. You may write about Unicorns plural or a/the Unicorn singular. Poems with a different title or subject or sub-title will be disqualified, however good they may be.
3. You may submit one or two poems.
4. Your entries must be your original work, written in English and no longer than 20 lines.
5. 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 2020.
6. Your entry should be typed double or single spaced at a minimum type size of 12pt and maximum size of 14pt. Each poem should fit on one sheet. Handwritten entries cannot be accepted except from children under the age of 11 years.
7. Do not show your name on the poem itself as all entries are judged anonymously. Please state your age on the poem if you are under 18 years old.
8. You may enter by email or by post.
Postal entries should be printed in black ink on A4 paper and sent to 6 Old Acre, Hightown, L38 9EW in envelopes labelled ‘Unicorns, Focus Poetry Competition 2019’. Please state your name, contact ‘phone number and postal address and Hightown organisation/employer (if applicable) on a separate sheet.
9. The closing date is midnight on 1 November 2019.
10. Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
11. Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
12. 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.
13. The judges’ decision is final and neither the judges, members of St Stephen’s Parochial Church Council (PCC), nor magazine committee members will enter any correspondence.
14. The winning poem will be published in the February 2020 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).
15. Prize-winner(s) will be notified by the end of December 2019. 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).
16. 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.