Call for young Chichester wordsmiths to put pen to paper

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YOUNG wordsmiths are being encouraged to get creative and enter the fourth Chichester Children’s Poetry Competition.

The competition is organised by the Rotary Club of Chichester in association with the city’s Waterstone’s branch, for children aged five to 15.

Entries open on Monday, January 16 and there will be an Olympic theme entitled Sport The World Over. Forms can be downloaded at www.rotarypoetry.info or from Waterstone’s in West Street, Chichester. It costs £1 to enter and the deadline for entries is Saturday, March 24.

The competition is open to all children living or at school in West Sussex and is supported by the Trefoil Trust, John Wiley & Sons publishers and Woods Travel Company.

Poems will be judged by poet and author Stephanie Norgate who runs the masters course in creative writing at the University of Chichester.

There are three age categories: five to seven, eight to 11 and 12 to 15, with three prizes in each category.

Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Chichester at a special ceremony to be held in April.

Winning poems will then be posted on the website above.