• HYP 2021

Hampshire Cultural Trust, in partnership with the Winchester Poetry Festival and Hampshire Library Service, have launched this year’s search to find the top young poets in Hampshire in the second annual Hampshire Young Poets Competition.

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Jubilee’ and young people from across Hampshire are asked to write a poem of no more than 14 lines inspired by celebration, togetherness or this year’s Platinum Jubilee.

Entries are open to young people who live or study in Hampshire in three different age categories; 4-7, 8-11 and 12-16 years. The competition is free to enter and there will be National Book Token prizes for the winners, as well as P&G Wells tokens for the schools of the winning entrants. The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 31 July 2022 and the poems will be judged by the new Hampshire Poet, Nazneen Ahmed Pathak.

The winners in each age category will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Arc, Winchester, on Saturday 8 October 2022.

Details of how to enter and submission guidelines can be found at www.hampshireculture.org.uk/hantsyoungpoets22.