Evesham Festival of Words Poetry Competition – How to write a poem

The theme for the Evesham Festival of Words Poetry Competition is THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX.

You can enter three poems of up to 40 lines each for a fee of £5.

Prizes are: 1st £100, 2nd £50 and 3rd £25.

The poems can be in any style.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Jot down everything that the idea suggests to you – no matter how bizzare. Take a large sheet of paper and just scribble them down.
  2. Think about children’s stories and fairytales that involve boxes e.g. ‘The Box of Delights.’
  3. Think of every single box that has featured in your life – e.g. shoe boxes, cake boxes, jewellery boxes… What else might you find in them?
  4. You receive a box in the post. What is it?
  5. ‘Watching the goggle-box’ – i.e. watching the TV. What do you remember about old TVs?
  6. Are you into gothic or horror? What might this suggest?
  7. Does the present lockdown situation make you feel like you’re in a box? Where would you go if you could?
  8. Did you ever play truant from school?
  9. How do you feel about ‘fitting in’ to a particular place or role? What if you don’t?
  10. What about musical boxes?

Don’t worry about getting your idea exactly right to start with. Spill the ideas onto the page and then carve the poem from the raw material. (You can do this with glue and scissors if you like). Another idea might be to find an article on the internet about ‘Thinking Outside The Box’ and create a ‘found’ poem using some of the words in the article, jumbled into a different order. A poem created like this may bear no resemblance to the original article. However, if using this method, I usually acknowledge the source from which it came.

Good luck and have fun.

Send your entries to info@eveshamfestivalofwords.org by 12th June – one poem per page please.

For a full list of rules see www.eveshamfestivalofwords.org.



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