Campaign to Protect Rural England search for Hampshire’s most inspiring young poets

PUBLISHED: 16:17 29 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:17 29 April 2014

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We’ve joined forces with the Campaign to Protect Rural England to find Hampshire’s most inspiring young poets. Have you got what it takes to be a future Poet Laureate?

The Hampshire Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s (CPRE) Countryside Poetry Competition 2014, has now been launched by CPRE’s National President Sir Andrew Motion, the former Poet Laureate.

Aiming to encourage children in Hampshire to write creatively about the countryside, the first prize winners will have their poem featured in Hampshire Life and all place winning poets will be featured on the CPRE Hampshire website ( Winners will be invited to the CPRE Countryside Awards ceremony held in Winchester and they will receive a framed certificate signed by Sir Andrew Motion, as well as book tokens.

Entries will be judged by the competition sponsors The Southern Cooperative, the Hampshire Poet, Joan McGavin and Hampshire Life Editor, Elizabeth Barnett.

CPRE Hampshire believes strongly that the future prosperity of the countryside lies in the hands of young people. Andrew comments: “If we can encourage them to connect with and appreciate their environment, they will hopefully protect and enhance it in the future. We look forward to this being the start of a long and successful competition that inspires the next generation of countryside champions”.

The rules

The competition has two age categories and is open to school Years 6 and below and Years 7 to 13, who either live or go to school in Hampshire. Young people can enter poems written in class, or poems written at home, from exercises or from your own imaginings. The competition is free to enter and poems should not exceed 300 words. Only one poem can be entered per individual. You can find out more information and details of how to enter on the CPRE website;, email or follow them on Facebook @CPRE Hampshire. The closing date for entries is midnight on 30th June 2014 and the winners will be announced in our September edition.

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