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Monday, April 13, 2020

The climate crisis and you: a new poetry challenge

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Deadline: April 26, 2020 Midnight
How does it feel to be surrounded by dire climate news and extreme weather? With our friends at the Freud Museum London, we’re asking young poets everywhere what impact the climate emergency has had on them.

The challenge: write a poem reflecting your feelings about the climate emergency.

This challenge is for writers aged up to 25 based anywhere in the world. The deadline is midnight, Sunday 26 April 2020. You can send a poem written down, or a recording as a video or as an audio file. If you are sending a written version of your poem, please type it into the body of your email. If you are sending a video or audio file, please attach it to the email (making sure it’s no bigger than 4MB or it won’t come through) or send us a link to where we can see/hear it.

Remember, for this challenge, the judges are looking for poems that explore how the climate crisis is affecting you, rather than general protest poems about the climate.

Send your poem(s) to educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk with the subject line ‘Freud climate challenge’, along with your name, date of birth/age, gender, the county (or, if you’re not from the UK, the country) you live in, and how you found out about this challenge (e.g. YPN email/Twitter/Instagram/through a teacher/through a friend etc.). This data is used for statistical purposes and help us reach as wide an audience as possible. These anonymised statistics will be shared with our partner, the Freud Museum London.

If you are aged 12 or younger on Sunday 29 April 2020, you will need to ask a parent/guardian to complete this permission form; otherwise, unfortunately we cannot consider your entry due to data protection laws.

We welcome entries from schools and youth groups. Use this class entry form to enter students from your class or group.

The Poetry Society offices are currently closed and staff are working from home. Please do not post entries during this time. If you are having trouble submitting, please email educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk.

If you would like us to add you to the Young Poets Network mailing list, include ‘add me to the mailing list’ in the subject line of the email. If you would like us to confirm that we’ve received your entry, include ‘confirm receipt’ in the subject line. You may refuse to provide information about yourself.

You might also want to enter this poem in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, with a chance to win some amazing prizes and further development opportunities. We can do that for you. If you are aged 11-17 on 31 July 2020 and would like us to automatically enter your poem into the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, please write in the subject line ‘Enter me into Foyle’ and provide us with your date of birth, school name (if applicable) and home address (so we can send you a Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award anthology next year) in the body of the email. Please note: published work is not eligible for entry into the Foyle Award, so winners and commended YPN challenge poems will not be entered into the Foyle Award.

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