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Poetry comp in motion

Saturday, 16th July, 2016

Organiser Maureen Clark is telling people they have nothing to lose by entering the competition. PICTURE: Daniel Stringer Organiser Maureen Clark is telling people they have nothing to lose by entering the competition. PICTURE: Daniel Stringer

The organiser of an upcoming poetry competition is calling on any aspiring writers to give it a crack. 

Maureen Clark is the driving force behind the “Poets On The Hill” poetry competition which is being run as part of the local Fringe Festival.  

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 17, with a separate section being run for high school students aged 15 to 17. 

Mrs Clark said she hopes the competition would help reignite poetry in the city. 

“Broken Hill traditionally has had so many artists, musicians and poets come from the town,” she said.

“Hopefully, Poets On The Hill might reinvigorate more regular poetry performances in the city, like Poets in the Pub.”

To enter the competition writers must submit an original and unpublished piece of work on a theme of either “on the road” or “dreamers”. Entrants also have the choice of submitting either a free verse or rhyming piece. 

The winners will be announced at the South Library, between 2pm and 3pm on September 3, where they will also perform their poems. Cash prizes will also be awarded, with the first place receiving $200, second $100 and third $50. 

The competition is open to anyone who wants to enter, not just Broken Hill locals. In fact, from the 30 entries last year the competition was won by a Sydney poet who had to be tracked down through Facebook to receive his prize. 

Entry forms are available at the Barrier Daily Truth office and all entries must be returned with the entry form attached to the BDT by 5pm on August 12.  

For the high school competition, entry forms are available from school and must be returned before August 3.  

The Fringe Festival will run from August 26 to September 4.

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