Enter: Dylan Thomas International Competition!
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The national organisation responsible for developing and promoting literature in Wales, Literature Wales, has organised a special competition to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth, which could see your work read and broadcast by Dylan Thomas’ fans, such as Radio 1 DJ Huw Stevens and published for the whole world to read.
The competition is part of the wider Developing Dylan project, which aims to ‘use the magic of Dylan Thomas’ words to inspire the young people of Wales.’
It is supported by a range of high profile cultural figures, such as Philip Pullman, Owen Sheers, National Poet of Wales Gillian Clarke, Joe Dunthorne, Bethan Gwanas, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Young People’s Laureate Martin Daws, DJ Huw Stephens and Dylan Thomas' granddaughter Hannah Ellis.
As Huw Stevens articulates, ‘The work of Dylan Thomas inspires on a global scale, and it is essential that all parts of Wales can have a chance to appreciate his work in a fun and inventive way. This project is going to enable those who might not naturally take an interest in his work to do so, and to come to appreciate this national treasure.’
Entries can be song lyrics, poems, funny limericks or any form of creative writing. The only conditions are: it must be inspired by the Welsh writer, Dylan Thomas, and it must be no longer than 30 lines.
For inspiration, ideas and access to Thomas’ work, see the National Library of Wales’ website at www.llgc.org.uk, to start.
There are four different age categories, and possible themes for each are below:
Ages 7-11: Family / Holiday / New Life
Ages 12-15: Folklore / Journey / Night
Ages 16-18: Tradition / Superstition / Eerie
Ages 19-25: Rites / Nocturnal / Departure
The closing date is 27th June, 2014. The competition winners will be announced at the glitzy Dylan Thomas prize ceremony in Swansea, in November 2014. There are impressive prizes for each age category and special prizes for the overall winner, including a kindle. Even runner-ups get prizes! Enter here.
One last note of inspiration from Philip Pullman:
‘Poetic madness, intoxication, call it what you will, is something that I wish every young person could have a chance to experience. It is a real form of magic, of bewitchment. Being mastered by it was one of the great experiences of my life – it changed my life. It’s a rite of passage. Once you’ve gone through it, you’re never the same again.’
Sub-Editor's Note: As we wish to support the same aim of the competition, that is, to promote the work of Dylan Thomas and young people in Wales, we would love to encourage entrants to submit to us pieces of creative writing that they don’t want to submit to the competition. However, don’t hold back from entering the competition just to Feed The Sprout!
Images Credit: Developing Dylan website