Dear Head Teacher
The descendants of William Wordsworth invite entries from your pupils for the annual Rydal Mount Wordsworth prize for young poets.
All students at Cumbrian schools are eligible to take part. The theme this year is “Mind the Gap”, which can be interpreted as the writer wishes, but might well inspire those whose lives have been changed by the winter storms and the Gap in the A591.
Entries should be typed in 12 or 14 point font, double spaced, and no longer than one side of A4 paper. They should be saved as individual Word documents and emailed as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries should include the name and age of the entrant, and the contact details of the student’s school. The closing date for entries is Friday March 11, 2016.
The poems will be judged by the Wordsworth family and an award ceremony will be held at Rydal Mount, near Ambleside, the poet’s home for most of his life, on Thursday April 14. There will be signed book prizes for the entries highly commended by the judges from the primary and secondary school categories. A trophy will be awarded, along with a cash prize of £50, to the overall winner. The winner’s name will be added to the plaque on the wall at Rydal Mount.
Each entrant also receives a certificate signed by the descendants of Will1am Wordsworth