I’m pleased to finally launch the poetry competition 2013 / 2014. Sorry for the delay; the heat wave left me a little frazzled and disorientated but I’ve cooled down and come up with a theme for this year’s competition which is…
Whether you love them, hate them, are indifferent until it comes to receiving Christmas and birthday presents from them, I want to hear about it. Got a kooky auntie who embarrasses you in public, a granddad who mourns the loss of ‘the good old days’ or just want to rant about your little brother’s inventive pranks? Put your frustration or admiration into verse because we’re keeping it in the family for this year’s competition!
Please Note The 2013/14 poetry competition is now closed, so you can't submit new entries, but you can enjoy reading the winning poems and the other entries or you can write a poem about a family member, just for fun.
The first and most important thing is that the person must be real (rather than somebody you have made up) and they must be a member of your family, however distant.
So you could write about your mum or dad, a brother or sister, aunts or uncles, grandparents or great-grandparents.
You couldn't write about a pet (they're not a human), a teacher (unless they happened also to be a relative) or yourself.
As with the 2012 competition, all the poems will be judged together rather than having classes for different age groups. However, the judges will take account of the author's age when assessing the poems and awarding the prizes.
All poems will be reviewed by an independent judge and the winners will be announced in mid February 2014. The winning poem will receive a prize of £50, with a second prize of £30 and a third prize of £20. The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with disgruntled non-winners.
If you'd like to enter the competition, please email Patrick at . We’ll aim to put all the entries up on our website so that they can be shared with all our readers. Please remember to include the following things:
Good luck and, most importantly, have fun writing your poems!
We've divided up the poems submitted to the Happy Families competition according to which family member or relative the poem is about: