Time running out to lodge entry for 2013 poetry competition

POETRY enthusiasts now have less than two weeks left to produce their winning entry for the 2013 Ipswich Poetry Feast competition. Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson and Ipswich Poetry Feast Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said entries for this year’s competition would be accepted up until 5pm on July 26.  Cr Pahlke said the international poetry writing competition had proven to be very popular since it was first launched.  “Each year we are impressed with the high standard of entries we receive and we expect 2013 to be no different,” he said.
“Over the past 11 years the Ipswich Poetry Feast has gone from strength to strength and inspired some fantastic poets from all across Australia and overseas.  Cr Pahlke said this year’s competition offered a total prize value of more than $7800 and was open to anyone from the age of five years.  “We are expecting more 1000 entries from people of all ages and backgrounds.
 “In previous years we have received entries from every state and territory in Australia and often from overseas as well.  “It has been wonderful to witness the depth of talent out there and we are again looking forward to receiving some exceptional entries in 2013.  “We encourage anyone with an interest to give it a go and submit an entry.”  The names of winners in each of each of the categories will be announced at a special awards eveningon October 18.  First prize winning poems, or an excerpt of these poems, will be professionally read, and prizes presented, (where possible) at this event.
 Prizes will be mailed if the winner is unable to attend in person.  Entry for the Ipswich Poetry Feast competition is free in all categories under 18 years of age, however, a $5 fee per entry applies to anyone entering the open age categories. Further information about the poetry writing competition, including competition guidelines, is available by visiting the Ipswich Poetry Feast website at www.ipswichpoetryfeast.com.auor from Ipswich Libraries on 3810 6755.  The Ipswich Poetry Feast was created after Ipswich author Judith Baker revealed the town’s local connection to literary legend Henry Lawson in 1999.
 In 1891, Lawson was so captivated by the sad but true tale of young sisters Bridget Kate and Mary Jane Broderick who drowned in a waterhole at Walloon, that he immortalised them in his poem The Babies of Walloon.
The Babies of  Walloon

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