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Poetry Competition 2007

Entrants to the competition should submit two unpublished pieces of poetry using two of the following:

A Sonnet is a 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional or more modern and unconventional rhyme schemes. It is important that Sonnets demonstrate a story-like progression. But while they tell their story, Sonnets are lyrical and musical, brief and memorable.

A Limerick is a form of light verse or nonsense verse containing five lines, in which the lst, 2nd and 5th lines rhyme and the 3 rd and 4th lines rhyme (a a b b a). Often ridiculous or bawdy, it is the poetic equivalent of a cartoon. A limerick has a specific rhythm: the a-lines should have 5 feet, while the b-lines have only 3 feet.

Free Verse is patterned by speech, grammatical forms and images rather than by regular metrical schemes. Although it can, it does not need to rhyme. It offers freedom from traditional metre and freedom to use visual and sound effects as desired – for surprise, emphasis, symmetry, repetition, or simply for fun. Lines can also be shortened for speed, or segmented into clots of words or syllables to slow down or speed up the reading or comprehension. Please use no less than five and no more than 15 lines.

Villanelle is 19 lines long, but only uses two rhymes, while also repeating two lines throughout the poem. The first five stanzas are triplets, and the last stanza is a quatrain such that the rhyme scheme is as follows: "aba aba aba aba aba abaa." The tricky part is that the 1st and 3rd lines from the first stanza are alternately repeated such that the 1st line becomes the last line in the second stanza, and the 3rd line becomes the last line in the third stanza. The last two lines of the poem are lines 1 and 3 respectively, making a rhymed couplet. A villanelle needs no particulary meter or line length, so feel free to experiment with the form.

Dylan Thomas' "Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night" is one of the most famous villanelles.

The poems should reflect a sense of ‘place’: place as in location, personal development, status, position etc. There are many meanings and interpretations of ‘place’. It is your choice.

There is no entry fee. There will be winners selected from two geographical areas - those who live in Kent and all others. For each area there will be two age categories: Age 12-17 and 18 and over. The winners of the 18 and over classes will receive a prize of £50. The winners of the other classes will each receive £25. In addition the winning poems will be posted and remain on the Festival website. It is intended that there will be a presentation of the prizes at an event during the Festival.

To enter please click here to download the entry form which should be completed and sent, along with 3 copies of your poems, to:

Poetry Competition
Friends of the Festival
45A Earls Avenue
Folkestone CT20 2HB

Tel: 01303-252336

Entries will only be acknowledged if they are sent with a stamped addressed envelope.

The closing date is 10 October.

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