Members of every parish in the North-West of England, who are over 16 years of age, are invited to submit poems on the theme of “Joy: the Surprise of the Gospel”. Parishioners are encouraged to approach the theme in a creative and original way.
1. The poems may be of any style but must not exceed 20 lines, should be in English and must not have been published previously. They must not be translations of another author’s work.
2. Each entrant may submit up to three separate poems and each must be submitted in the author’s real name on the official entry-form available on the website. Each submission must be typed on A4, 1.5 spaced and single-side but should not contain the author’s name, as each poem will be judged anonymously. The best three will be awarded prizes in the following amounts: 1st prize of £25, 2nd prize of £15 and 3rd prize of £10. The judges are well experienced in poetry.
3. A selection of the submitted poems will be displayed around Salford Cathedral during the Northern Scripture Festival and the three winners will be read during the day.