The NCLA â€˜Waterâ€™ Poetry Competition is organised by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) and run in association with the Newcastle University Societal Challenge programme on sustainability and Northumbrian Water.
The Main category is open to all UK residents. The North East Young Adult category is open to residents of the North East of England who are no more than 19 years old on 13/01/2012.
The entry fee is Â£5 for up to three poems of no more than 40 lines each. Refunds will not be given for invalid entries. Cheques should be made payable to Newcastle University. You may also pay online via the webstore. Residents of the North East of England aged no more than 19 years old on 13/01/2012 may enter up to three poems of no more than 40 lines each for free.
All entries must be in written in English, typed in black ink on white A4 paper, and must address an aspect of the competition theme of â€˜waterâ€™.
Poems must not exceed 40 lines (excluding the title).
Entries must be the entrantâ€™s own original work, must not have been previously published or self-published, in print, online (on any website) or broadcast.
Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title and line count, and posted to NCLA, School of English, Newcastle University, NE1 7RU, and marked â€˜NCLA Water Poetry Competitionâ€™.
Entries must be accompanied by a covering letter containing the entrantâ€™s full name, the titles of each poem submitted, and contact details including postcode and email address.
No corrections can be made after receipt of entries. Entries will not be returned or acknowledged.
The deadline for submission of entries is 13 January 2012.
The decisions of the judging panel are final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into about the results.
Shortlisted entrants will be notified in early February 2012. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the award ceremony in the evening of Thursday 23rd February, 2012.
The top three entries to the main competition will be rewarded with cash prizes: 1st prize: Â£500, 2nd prize: Â£200, 3rd prize: Â£100. The winner of the North East Young Adult category will be rewarded with a cash prize of Â£250 and five runners up will each receive a cash prize of Â£50.
NCLA and Northumbrian Water reserve the right to publish and display winning and shortlisted entries in a variety of media, both in print, online, and by other means, including both the NCLA and Northumbrian Water websites and publicity material.
NCLA reserves the right to edit the shortlisted entries in consultation with their authors.
Entries must not infringe any copyright or contain defamatory or otherwise unlawful matter.
Each winner agrees to the use of his/her name and photograph for publicity purposes by NCLA and Northumbrian Water.
Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.
All enquiries about the competition should be directed to email@example.com
The NCLA reserves the right to amend these Rules where it is deemed necessary to do so or where circumstances are beyond NCLA's control. Any changes to these Rules will be posted on the NCLA website.http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/projects/competitions/poetrycomp/
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