The search is on to find the fifth Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire 2016
Now in its fifth year, Word Up the project which looks for the best young poet in Worcestershire is being officially launched today, Monday October 19.
The competition is open to anyone aged between 13 and 19 who lives in Worcestershire, or goes to school, college, university or a youth club here. Local budding poets are asked to submit two poems, one on the subject of 'light' and another on a subject of their choice.
Current Young Poet Laureate, Chloe Clarke, is nearing the end of her reign but has enjoyed her experience, which has seen her writing, performing and enthusing young people across the county.
The 16-year-old, from Redditch, said: "It was great when I won the competition because I'd actually entered the year before and got to the final. I thought I'd give it another go and it was great to win a second time round. It proves that if you try again you can get something.
"I have been invited to a number of different places reading and writing poetry and I've been commissioned to write some poetry which means I actually get paid for writing specifically for something."
In offering advice to this year's hopefuls she said: "Don't doubt yourself. Believe that you can do it and just write what you know."
Chloe's winning poems titled 'The Soldiers Shadows ' and 'Skinny's Society' can be read at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/wordup.
The website also includes an entry form for this year's competition. Entries can be made from Monday until the deadline of midnight on Thursday, December 31st.
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, County Council Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: "The Word Up project has been extremely successful over the last four years with our winners going on to even greater things. The standard is always extreme high so we are really looking forward to hearing what our young people will come up with this year on the theme of light."
For more information please contact Natalie McVey, from the County Council's Libraries and Learning Service, on 07876 144905 or Steve Wilson, Arts Development Officer on 01905 765754.