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Monday, 5th January, 2015

Anne Gordon is calling poets of all ages to enter a new competition offering cash prizes and the chance to have your poem heard. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Anne Gordon is calling poets of all ages to enter a new competition offering cash prizes and the chance to have your poem heard. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

A competition is calling all upcoming poets who are keen to share their verse with the city.

The Broken Hill Fringe Festival Poetry Competition is being run locally for the first time in 2015, with writers of all ages encouraged to enter.

The Geoff Sanders Memorial Competition is open to those aged between 14 and 17. The poems must be between 16 and 25 lines long and based upon one of two topics - “In my backyard” or “The winner”.

Cash prizes will be awarded for entries that score first ($50), second ($25) and third ($15) place. 

People aged 18 and over will meanwhile be eligible for the open competition to be judged by BDT editor Michael Murphy.

A first prize of $100, second prize of $50 and third prize of $25 will be presented to the winners of this section, which has the theme “Change and Broken Hill.”

There will be a chance for entrants to recite their poems at the South Library in March next year, when the winners would be announced.

Organiser Anne Gordon, a member of the Fringe committee, encouraged people of all ages to have a go.

“I think people are a little bit afraid of writing poetry but it’s one of the best writing forms,” she said.

“For the young section, the aim is to have a bit of fun. It can be a humorous poem or a serious poem. 

“And a reminder that the theme of ‘my own backyard’ can be bigger than the space outside your back door.”

Competitions entries for the young category are available from the English faculty at both high schools.

Keep an eye out in the BDT for entry forms for adults, which would be printed over the coming month.

Entries can be submitted at the Barrier Daily Truth front office, in Blende Street, before 5pm February 20.

The presentation of poems will be held at the South Library on March 8.

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