COMPETITION: Beacon Prize for poetry 2019

The Beacon Prize for Poetry 2019

The timing is now just right  for entries to our prestigious  poetry competition for the Beacon Prize 2019. This is an exciting part of the 2019 Beacon Festival which takes place over the weekend of 21/22nd June.

The Beacon Prize for Poetry, which is promoted by Beacon Festival Literary Area and run by FOWL (Friends Of Watlington Library), will be judged by Mark Haddon, prize-winning author of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night”. 

Entry is open to writers of any experience – or none – in three age categories: adult, 12-18 years and under 12. The subject this year is “Stars”.

The winning entries will be announced at the Festival and the winning poet in each category will be awarded a book token and Beacon Prize 2019 certificate. 

Additionally, all entrants will automatically be entered into a draw with the winner receiving a pair of Beacon Festival Weekend tickets (worth £45 each!) at least two weeks before the festival.

If you would like to enter, please send your type-written poem of up to 40 lines to by Saturday 11 May. Alternatively, drop it into the Watlington Library clearly marked “Beacon Prize”. Further details, including terms and conditions, can be found at

 “Watlington is teeming with talent of all sorts and we would love to showcase yours!”

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