Have you noticed there are suddenly Union Jacks everywhere? The whole country’s going ‘Queen’s Diamond Jubilee crazy’, so I thought it was time I joined in and tracked down a few of the competitions that have sprung up to honour it.
Details are below for some that I’ve found, in order of their closing dates. Some are for locals only, so read the rules carefully! If you find any more (for adults), let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
1. The Daily Mail ran a Diamond Jubilee Poetry Competition, which was judged by former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion (*swoons*), Sir Roy Strong, former director of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Pam Ayres.
They had over 1000 entries! Gulp! That’s rather a lot..!
The results are here if you’d like to read the winning entry, the runners-up and some other commended poems.
2. Jersey Arts Trust is giving away a Kindle and book tokens in their competition FOR ISLANDERS. So don’t enter this unless you live in Jersey! You can enter as many poems as you like. Closing date: 23rd May 2012.
3. If you live in the Alsager area (near Crewe) then you’ve got until 25th May to enter this Diamond Jubilee poetry competition. Costs £2 to enter and it doesn’t specify the prize(s).
4. Forward Poetry is running a free-to-enter Jubilee poetry competition, with a £500 first prize. Closing date 29th June and you can send your entry in via their website or by email – so it won’t even cost you a stamp!
5. Nantwich Museum is holding an open Jubilee Poetry competition. The closing date for the adult section is 14th July 2012. It’s free to enter and there are books as prizes.
6. ‘A Poem for the Queen’ competition (York)
Ever fancied yourself as a poet? Write a poem for the queen and submit it to any York Library before the end of June for the chance to win a prize and have your work displayed at Explore York. (Sorry, can’t find out any more about this one but if you live in York there’s probably more information in the libraries!)
Meanwhile, the unpacking continues. As we’ve combined two households, we’re like Noah and Mrs Noah: we have TWO of everything. So there’s a lot of debate along the lines of ‘Your roasting tin or mine? Your laundry basket, or mine?’ (My stuff seems to be winning. Well, it’s just nicer!)