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PNE Poetry Competition

Posted: Mon 10 Dec 2012
Author: PNEFC

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Show off your poetry skills with your favourite club Preston North End

This competition is open to any children who are fans of Preston North End, aged between five and 15 years old. We want children to write a poem about Preston North End and an aspect of the club that they like.

There is no restriction on the type of poetry. For example it could be rhyming couplets, a limerick, a haiku, a ballad, or even an acrostic poem.

There is no limit to length of the poem but remember you must keep the readers (and the judges) interested.

The closing date for all entries is January 11th 2013. The entries will be judged over the following two weeks and the winners will be announced on January 28th 2013.

Theme
The theme of the competition is Preston North End. It can be about any part of the club as long as you refer to Preston. Here are some ideas to help you:
•    Your first visit to a match
•    Your favourite player
•    How you feel when Preston score a goal, or how you would celebrate a goal at Deepdale
•    How you think the stadium looks at sunset
•    How the Sir Tom Finney statue looks when it is iced over
•    What it would be like to have to clean the players’ boots in Winter
•    Why you want to play for Preston North End
•    The excitement you feel on match day
•    Traveling on the coach to an away game

Age Groups
There are three age groups for the competition:
5 to 7 year olds
8 to 11 year olds
12 to 15 year olds

Prizes
The winner of each age group will have their winning entry published in the Preston North End match day programme. They will also receive a football signed by members of the Preston North End squad from the PNE South Ribble Supporters Group.

Prizes for each age group:
1st – Publication in The One And Only, a signed PNE football and a £10 book token.
2nd – £10 book token
3rd – £5 book token
There will also be a £15 book token awarded by The Life Channel to the entry they found the most humorous.

Publication
If we receive sufficient entries we will publish an electronic collection of the best entries that we will place on sale (Kindle etc) for a token fee (we expect between 50p and 75p). Any profits from this will be used by the PNE South Ribble Supporters fund for a local youth sports charity or club.

Sponsors
The competition is being run by the Preston North End South Ribble Supporters Group (www.pnesouthribble.com). Preston North End are donating time and effort in supporting the competition.
The Life Channel, a national company based in Preston, who promote educational tools and technology, have kindly donated the Book Tokens and have helped in promoting this competition.

Judges
The Judges are a panel of local writers from The Word, a Preston based collective who run events for writers. Between them they have experience in a wide variety of genres and styles.

How to Enter
All entries must be received by January 11th 2013. Your entries must contain your full name, age, address, a telephone number, the name of your school, a contact email if possible, and the name of a parent or guardian.
Entries can be submitted via email to: poetrycomp@redvarkpublishing.co.uk
Or via post:
PNE Poetry Competition
10 Cinnamon Court
Penwortham
Preston
Lancs
PR1 9BU
Please ensure you have included the required contact information before submitting. Each child can submit a maximum of two entries.

The Rules
Entrants
The competition is open to anyone in the relevant age groups and entries may be submitted from anywhere in the world.
Entries
Entries can be on any subject, as long as there is some reference to Preston North End  in the poem.
Judging
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.
Fees
Entry for the competition is free.
Copyright
The copyright of each entry remains with the author.

In the case that an entry is selected for publication, by submitting an entry, the Entrant grants a non-exclusive worldwide licence to Redvark Publishing to publish the entry (and any background information supplied by the entrant) in the PNE Young Fans Poetry Anthology and the PNE FC Match Programme, (in any digital or print format) and on the PNE FC, The Word, Redvark Publishing, and the PNE South Ribble Supporters website.

By participation in the Competition, the Entrant grants a non-exclusive worldwide licence to Redvark Publishing to publish any comment (made in the judging process) either in the PNE Young Fans Poetry Anthology and the PNE FC Match Programme (in any digital or print format) and on the PNE FC, The Word, Redvark Publishing, and the PNE South Ribble Supporters website.

Other
The Competition and Rules will be governed by English Law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts. As a condition of entering the Competition, entrants must ensure that by doing so, they do not contravene any laws of their own country of residence.

Redvark Publishing cannot accept responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the Competition
In the event of any dispute regarding these Rules or any other matter relating to the Competition, the decision of The Word and Redvark Publishing shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

Entry of the Competition implies unqualified acceptance of all the Competition’s Rules.

To download an entry form please click here.