You're invited to our flash poetry competition for National Poetry Day!
Do you scribble sonnets in your spare time? Are you partial to a bit of rhyme? Or do you want to start writing but don't know how?
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Day, we're giving one lucky person the chance to win a gorgeous £100 personalised National Book Token featuring their poem, as judged by Pam Ayres. The winner will also receive a box of new poetry worth £300, including a copy of Pam Ayres' new collection, Up in the Attic.
Poetry is perfect for conveying something that's really important (like making the most of life) in just a few lines – with humour and rhythm as Pam has done, or with striking images which show others exactly what you see and feel.
You have to dance while you are able,
And do the can-can on the table,
Grab each chance that flashes past,
For life goes by so deadly fast.
– Pam Ayres
Write a flash poem (a poem of 30 words or fewer) on the National Poetry Day theme of Truth and tell us the truth about something that matters to you.
Send us your poem before midnight on Thursday 17th October 2019.
This competition has now closed. We'll reveal the winning poem soon!
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