Mini poets can get creative and enter Chichester children’s competition

YOUNG poets are being urged to get creative and pen a masterpiece for the 2012 Chichester Children’s Poetry Competition.

The competition has been organised by the Rotary Club of Chichester in association with the city’s branch of Waterstone’s to help foster creativity and the theme for this year will be ‘Sport the World Over’, to tie in with the Olympics.

But young wordsmiths across the area are being urged to hurry and get their entry in before the deadline on Saturday, March 24.

The competition is open to children living or being educated in West Sussex.

There are three age categories: five to seven, eight to 11 and 12 to 15 years and there are three prizes in each category: £75 (first), £50 (second) and £30 (third) of vouchers.

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

It costs £1 to enter, which will be donated to good causes.

Winners will be presented with their prizes in April during a special ceremony led by the Mayor of Chichester, Tony French.

Entry forms, competition rules and details are available from Waterstone’s in West Street, Chichester and can also be downloaded from www.rotarypoetry.info and winning poems will be posted on this website following the prize giving.