Budding poets told to start their engines for the big race

uthor of the poem Babes of Walloon, Judith Baker, with Cr David Pahlke and Matt Foley at the competition launch.
uthor of the poem Babes of Walloon, Judith Baker, with Cr David Pahlke and Matt Foley at the competition launch. Lyle Radford
PERFECT POETRY: Tony Caswell reading his poem at the official launch of the 12th annual Ipswich Poetry Feast.
PERFECT POETRY: Tony Caswell reading his poem at the official launch of the 12th annual Ipswich Poetry Feast. Lyle Radford

THE NEWS had got around that a poetry comp had come to town,

David Pahlke spriuked it loud and said with a frown, I expect only the best will apply

Because a pensman loves hard writing and in Ipswich we don't take it lightly ...

My apologies for the unfinished introduction to this story, but I just wanted to get in some practice for the 12th annual Ipswich Poetry Feast which was launched this week.

Organising chairman Cr David Pahlke said he wanted to encourage potential entrants to start work on their poetic entries now.

Maybe after reading my opening lines, he might end up throwing my entry into the "try harder next time" bin before he reads it.

On a serious note, there is just on 16 weeks to go until entries close on August 1 for the competition which is expected to see entries from throughout Australia.

"It does not matter where you live or what style of poetry you write. If you are interested in writing poetry, we encourage you to take part in this year's Ipswich Poetry Feast International Writing Competition," Cr Pahlke said.

"This poetry competition has gone from strength to strength and has uncovered some wonderfully talented poets.

"This competition offers young and aspiring poets an opportunity to gain experience and skills in the art of poetry writing, showcase their work and talents and have their work published."

Entries close at 5pm on August 1. Entry is free to school-aged categories (aged 5 to 17-years-old) while entries for the open age categories is $5.

A total of more than $5000 in prize money is on offer .

A mentorship worth $1050 and featuring 15 hours of tuition with a South-East Queensland poet will also be awarded.

Registration forms can be accessed on the Poetry Feast website at: ipswichpoetryfeast.com.au and entries also can be lodged online.

Further Information: 3810 6758.

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