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The Edward Lear Prize for Poetry is back!

We are so proud to be able to host again this year 2018 the Edward Lear Prize for Poetry, during the Galle Literary Festival! Just like the last two years, with this event we aim to encourage young people of Sri Lanka to explore their potential in poetry writing, develop their creativity and strengthen their English skills, by participating in this friendly, educational event that we are so truly happy to bring to you again.

 

As you may have heard, every year, the community of Galle gets together to organise the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, celebrating this beautiful event in and around the Galle Fort, UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most wonerful Sri Lanka destinations. And this year, the event is not only literary! It is all things art! Writing, painting, poetry, photography, architecture, cinematography and more will gather to celebrate an unforgettable festival.

 

To participate and be eligible to win, the aspirants can submit either a single poem or a collection of up to 5 poems. And the poems have to be original, unpublished writings of their own creation.

 

The festival will take place from January 24th-28th, 2018, and is such an incredible opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka! And one of the most awaited events during the festival will be the award ceremony of our Edward Lear Prize for Poetry. During this event, the judges will announce the winners and the winners will perform by reading out their poems and sharing them with the audience. OTP Hotel’s co-owners Reita Gadkari and Shane Thantirimudalige will award prizes.

 

To participate and be eligible to win, the aspirants can submit either a single poem or a collection of up to 5 poems. And the poems have to be original, unpublished writings of their own creation.

 

To submit your poems, go to www.edwardlearprizeforpoetry.com and complete the entry form in the section ENTRY FORM & INFORMATION

 

The criteria and eligibility to participate is as follows:

 

  • It is open only to citizens of Sri Lanka (or passport holders)
  • Each poem should have a minimum of 200 words and the total of 5 poems should not exceed the 1200 words.
  • The theme should follow in the vein of Edward Lear’s Nonsensical Poems, bringing about a feeling of lightness and optimism to the world in which we live.
  • Only the first 200 entries will be accepted.
  • Only people between 18 and 30 years of age can participate.

 

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Timetable:

 

  • 1st SEPTEMBER 2017: Launch of award. You can start submitting your entries.
  • 10th NOVEMBER 2017: Final date to submit entries. Entries Close.
  • 15th NOVEMBER to 15th DECEMBER 2017: Judges evaluate all entries.
  • AWARD CEREMONY date to be confirmed. To be held during Galle Literary Festival.

 

To submit your poems, go to www.edwardlearprizeforpoetry.com and complete the entry form in the section ENTRY FORM & INFORMATION.

 

Additional information:

  • For any further information email to info@edwardlearprizeforpoetry.com
  • The decision of the 5 international judges will be final. You can find more information about the judges here: http://www.edwardlearprizeforpoetry.com/judges/
  • Winners will have to submit a recent photograph and a brief CV for placement on the website. This information will remain on the website for 3 years.

During the festival, OTP Hotel will be one of the Galle Sri Lanka luxury hotels hosting many participants and exclusive international guests invited to attend and perform in the festival, and we will also host and exclusive dinner with one of the featured guests. You too can book stay in Sri Lanka with us!

We look forward to reading all your beautiful poems and seeing you at the Galle Literary Festival! Happy writings!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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