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YKC Literary Competitions

If you're a budding author or just enjoying writing to relax why not check out our literary competitions

CURRENT CHALLENGE

 

POEMS

THE COMPETITION

If you would like to take part and put pen to paper for a chance to win some prizes. The lucky winner will see their work printed in Fetch and become the YKC Young Poet of the Year!

The theme for your poem is DOGS. There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. It can rhyme or not rhyme, be written out like a shape or simply line by line – there was no right or wrong! 

JUDGING CRITERIA

The poem needs to relate to the theme. Try using descriptions that create interesting and memorable images. Please create a poem that anyone 6 years and older would enjoy.

THE PRIZES

The poems will be judged by age group of under 12 years, 12 years and over and over 18 years, with a winning poem picked from each age group. Each winner will receive a £25 book voucher - the perfect prize for any young book-lover and aspiring poet!

One lucky poet will be chosen to be the competition's overall winner. This exceptional young writer will have their poem published in Fetch Magazine, win a £50 book voucher and a year’s free membership.

 

HOW TO ENTER 

  • The competition closes on 1st May 2020.
  • You can submit your entry by email to ykc@thekennelclub.org.uk
  • Please include the following information with your entry: name, address, age and story title.

OUR TOP TIPS

Read our top tips to get you started.

  • Decide what the theme means to you and helps to know what you are writing about before putting pen to paper or fingers to keypads.
  • Have fun writing many drafts and don’t be discouraged if you do not like your first draft.
  • Practice makes you better!
  • Read other poems for inspiration and this is a great opportunity not just to write but to read other poems.
  • Create memorable imagery and think of a different way to describe Crufts/Dogs and the journey you are highlighting and celebrating.