Thursday, 8 September 2011

Note on the Door and a competition

My big poetry collection- many many hours of work is out- and I can honestly say how proud I am of Walker and Mary (my editor) for producing such a  poetry collection.

Thankfully my publisher Sarah loves poetry.  I know how engaging it is for kids once I read a poem- for example this morning in a little rural school where poetry is dusty, I read 'Alright' a poem about washing machines and lost socks.  The children chuckled and interacted- that's what poetry should encourage- dialogue, language and exploration of the world around.

So here's the chance to write a poem:

Note on the door is all about family poems so the challenge is to choose a topic from those below and write a short poem to be eligible for the prize- I have two signed copies of 'Note on the Door' to give away to:

  • an adult writing poetry for children
  • a poem written by a young person( ie) a child.

And an extra prize of one free lesson from my recent e-course with the Australian poetry centre- poets writing for children- a two layer technique.

The topic:- choose from

  • a family note
  • a holiday note
  • a school note
  • a playtime note

Here's an example from my collection:

Writing on a Beach

A stick dipped into the sea's frothy ink,
the wet peppery sand
is a long table to write on.

Footprints are commas,
pearls of seaweed are exclamation marks.

Here comes the tide
erasing, refreshing , recycling.

© Lorraine Marwood

It doesn't have to follow my format-try for free verse. Deadline- Friday 23th September- winners posted on my blog site and website.

Email entry to : With the header 'Note on the Door' poetry comp.
Please note Australian residents only for the book prizes, but the sample e-course lesson can be world wide.


BookChook said...

Love the contest idea! I just popped it onto my FB page to spread the word, Lorraine, but wondered if you mean Australian residents only, or worldwide?


Life's a poem said...

Good point- knew there was something else to put- just Australian residents for the Book prizes! Thanks for the reminder- will amend now.