Friday 2nd – Friday 30th November 2018
Award  2018 Writing Competition
Pentlands Book Festival Poetry Competition Rules 2018 1. The competition will be open to young people in Primary 7, Secondary 1, 2 and 3 at schools in the catchment areas of, or resident in, Balerno, Colinton, Currie and Juniper Green. 2. Entrants must be in the first, second or third year of secondary school or in a primary 7 class on 25th November 2018, the last day of Book Week Scotland. Prizes will be awarded to two groups, one being P7/S1, the other S2/S3. The top three entries in each group will be eligible for a prize. In the event that there are two entries of equal merit eligible for a prize, both will receive an award. One or more prizes may be withheld where the judges decide there are too few entries worthy of an award. 3. School staff are asked to collect poems from classes in each year group, P7, S1, S2 and S3 and to submit them to the judges. 4. Poems should illustrate the theme of ‘Rebel’. Entrants may choose their own title. 5. Each entrant may submit one poem on the theme. 6. Poems should have a title and be up to twenty-five lines long. The title will not be included in the line count.  7. Emailed entries, ideally as attachments, are preferred, though paper entries, written legibly or printed on A4 paper, will be accepted. 8. Each poem submitted must include the writer’s name, date of birth and name of her/his school at the head of the first page. Any entrant who expects to leave a local school  before the end of November should provide a contact phone number or email address.  9. The deadline for submission of entries is Friday12th October 2018. 10. Single copies of entries should preferably be emailed by the deadline to Currie Library at  Alternatively, paper entries may be handed in to the librarian at Currie High School OR posted/delivered to PBF Poetry Competition, c/o Currie Library, 210 Lanark Road West, Currie, EH14 5NX. 11. A winner and two runners-up in each age group will be chosen by a panel of three or more judges. 12. The judges’ decision is final. 13. The winner and runners up in each of the two groups (P7/S1 and S2/S3) will receive a monetary prize awarded by the sponsors, The Rotary Club of Currie Balerno, £50 for the first prize and £25 each for the two runners up in each group. 14. The winners and runners-up, together with their parents, will be invited to the presentation of prizes at an event in Currie Community High School at 1.00 to 2.00pm on Saturday 24 th  November 2018, at which the three prize winners’ poems in each category will be read to an audience.  15. The six prize winning entries will be printed in the community newspaper, the C&B News. 16. Writers retain the copyright in their entries but grant to the PBF a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish the entry and/or post it online.   POEMS WILL BE JUDGED BY THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: a) the poem is the original work of the entrant, b) the poem is clearly based on the suggested theme and is of the length specified in rule 6 above, c) the poem creates a clear sense of an individual, personal, original approach to the theme, d) the poem develops an idea or ideas relevant to the theme, e) the poem shows skill in the creation of  an appropriate verse form, f) the poem reveals skill in the conscious and deliberate use of language for effect. Please send any questions you may have about the competition to 
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