Southwark Council has teamed up with Morley College to back the Southwark Poet of the Year competition.
The Southwark Poet of the Year competition is run collectively by Southwark News, poet Maurice Riordan, Morley College, Blackwell's Bookshop, The New Elephant Open Network (NEON) and Southwark Council.
The competition is open to anyone over the age of 7. There are three competition sections: 7-11 (junior); 11-16 (intermediate) and 16 plus (adult). Entries can be submitted via the Southwark Council website or by post to Maurice Riordan, Southwark Poets of the Year, Dept of Language and Humanities, Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT.
No entry should be longer than 70 lines and each entrant may submit up to 6 poems. Poems submitted may be printed in the Southwark News or in Morley New Writing magazine. In the adult section, poems should be typed, double spaced on A4. In the junior/intermediate sections, poems should be clearly written or printed.
Meanwhile young poets are being invited to join an online poetry slam on Monday 15 December. Just log on to the Southwark Council website between 12 noon and 2pm to take part.