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 “A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE”, which can be interpreted as the writer wishes. The winning poem will be framed and displayed alongside the work of the great poet in his former home, for thousands of visitors to see.
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 Monday March 20.
THE EMAILS WILL BE OPENED DIRECTLY BY THE WORDSWORTH FAMILY. PLEASE ASK CLASS TEACHERS TO SEND ENTRIES FROM HIS OR HER PUPILS FROM ONE IDENTIFIABLE EMAIL ADDRESS, IN ONE BATCH, WITH INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES ATTACHED.
The poems will be judged by the Wordsworth family and an award ceremony will be held at Rydal Mount, near Ambleside, on Thursday April 27. 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 this year of £100, to the overall winner. The winner’s name will be added to the plaque on the wall at Rydal Mount.
For further information please email Eileen Jones at Eileen@cumbriapr.co.uk