April was officially National Poetry Month. To celebrate (and help take our minds off things) we launched a poetry competition. We honestly didn't know how much traction this would get; we hoped for a few entries but didn't expect any miracles. The response from you lot has blown us away! We've had over 60 entries so far, and the popularity of the contest has exceeded our wildest expectations.
For this reason, we've decided to extend the entry date by a further two weeks, to May 15th, so that we can promote the competition more and give people time to submit their masterpieces. We're still receiving entries by the day, and we'd just like to say a huge thank you to those who have submitted poems - your contributions are so valuable to us.
We've thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your poems, and found them moving, shocking and funny. We've had a lot of entries from younger writers too, so we've decided to offer two prizes - one for an under-16 category and one for an over-16 category. The winner of each category will receive a lovely £50 cash prize. Don't spend it all on sweets!
Because the competition has proved so popular, we want to immortalise this experience in the form of an app, which we'll launch soon after the competition winners have been announced. The app will showcase your incredible creative talent and preserve your impressions of these strange events for posterity. It will also raise money for charity.
The app will not only feature your wonderful poetry, but also a collection of original artwork produced by local artists. We've already started developing the prototype and we can say with certainty that it's going to be a thing of beauty.
So if you fancy getting your work published digitally for all to see, get writing and send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org before 15th May.
We have ambitious dreams in the pipeline to also produce a limited edition print anthology of your poetry - watch this space!