Chocolate & Poetry – Free Competition!

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I have, to my shame, neglected POETRY in my blog so far but I’m about to rectify that with news of the free-to-enter ‘Divine Chocolate Poetry Competition‘ (chocolate and verse – what a fabulous combination!)

Another little apology though – there’s only a week until the closing date (17th December) BUT you can email your entries and a little bit of time pressure never hurt anyone, did it?

Right, enough of the grovelling and on with the details of the competition:

Divine chocolate, in case you didn’t know, is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the cocoa farmers in Africa. Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and income to invest in their community, while company ownership gives them a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.

The competition judge is author Meg Rosoff who also writes about this competition on her blog.

There are three age categories: 7-11, 12-16 and 17-adult

The winners in each age group will receive a box of Divine chocolate and £30 in book tokens . Runners-up in each age group will receive Divine goody bags.

They are looking for poems that ‘capture the epic journey of the cocoa bean to become our favourite chocolate treat.’  They suggest you could write the poem from the point of view of the farmer in Africa, the chocolate lover or even the cocoa bean itself. So you might need to do a bit of research into how chocolate is made. The Divine website is a good place to start. Try here and here.  

I can’t see anything in the rules about a maximum number of lines, etc but they do want the name of the chocolate – ‘Divine’ to feature somewhere in the poem, so don’t miss that out!

As always, it’s worth trying to find out what won last year. Here, the 2009 judge, Anthony Horowitz talks about the competition and reads the winning poem in the adult category.

All entries should be emailed to: poetry@divinechocolate.com

or posted to:

Divine Poetry Competition, 4 Gainsford Street, London, SE1 2NE

I suggest you grab yourself a big bar of Divine chocolate, just to get in the mood, before you start composing your poem.

Good luck!

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2 Responses to Chocolate & Poetry – Free Competition!

  1. bookwitch says:

    Now you’ve made me hungry. And I can’t eat chocolate, divine or otherwise. As for poetry, I’m not any good at that either. But apart from that…

  2. Rosanna says:

    Looking forward to your entry! Thanks for passing the word!
    Rosanna from Divine

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