NLT and Bloomsbury launch poetry prize

NLT and Bloomsbury launch poetry prize

The National Literacy Trust (NLT) and Bloomsbury have teamed up to launch a poetry prize.
 
The Poetry Prize 2015 is open to poems of any type, from sonnets to free verse to rap, that are a maximum of 16 lineslong. The competition costs £8 to enter a first poem, and £4 for any subsequent poems, with all proceeds going to the NLT.
 
The winner (the competition closes for entry 31st August) will receive prizes including a new iPad and £250 to spend on Bloomsbury titles.
 
Author Sarah Crossan, one of the judges for this year’s competition, said: “Poetry is the first language we speak. When we are born, we own it and we love it but somehow, along the way, children turn away from this, the most primitive of languages. It's everyone's job to make sure children feel that poetry belongs to them - which is does."
 
The judges, who also include author Tony Bradman, Bloomsbury commissioning editor Hannah Rolls and NLT director Jonathan Douglas, will announce the winner in January 2016.
 
Bloomsbury and the NLT also run the New Children’s Author Prize for unpublished authors.