Young people across Worcestershire can still enter Word Up! as there are a couple of weeks left before entries close at midnight on December 31st.
Entries can be made via the website www.worcestershire.gov.uk/wordup.
The competition is open to young people between the ages of 13 and 19 who live in Worcestershire, or attend a school, college and university or youth club in the area. They are asked to submit two poems, one on the subject of 'Change' and another on a subject of their choice.
Current Young Poet Laureate, CJ Evans, is nearing the end of her year, which has seen her championing poetry and the arts across Worcestershire.
Talking about her win last year, CJ said: "The final was unbelievable. I met so many different people whose poems were about such different things that I didn’t want to leave by the end of it. I heard my name and I was speechless. I am the youngest ever Young Poet Laureate and that smashed my doubts completely. I am so excited to be added to a list of such successful and passionate young poets and hope that I am, someday, as successful as they have been”.
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member for Communities, Worcestershire County Council added: "Christmas is a time of fun and celebration but it can also be an emotional time of year. Writing poetry is a great way to express yourself. Get your thoughts down and enter the Word Up! Competition.
"It's very straight forward to enter log onto www.worcestershire.gov.uk/wordup. Don't worry if you haven't written poetry before, we still want to hear from you and you never know where it will lead."
Submissions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to:
Elaine Knight, Arts Director, Severn Arts, Suite 11, Malvern Gate, Bromwich Road, Worcester, WR2 4BN
For more information please contact Natalie McVey, from the County Council's Libraries and Learning Service, on 07876 144905 or 01905 765754