Saturday, March 16, 2013

Senior Poetry Prize 2013

We're now on holidays, and pupils have time to think about and start their entries for the Senior Poetry Prize.
The theme of the Peter Dix Memorial Prize for Poetry 2013 is journeying of various kinds : Going Places / Journeys / Travel. Entries by VI, V and IV pupils should contain a portfolio of 2 to 5 poems inspired by this idea. To quote from Mr Canning's rubric:

The above are general themes which triggered Peter Dix to write certain poems, and hopefully they will inspire the same from some of you.

Poems should be at least ten lines long and no more than forty lines in length, and typed.
The winning entry will be based on the overall standard of the entrant’s body of poems. There will also be a prize for the best poem if it is not in the winner’s selection. All other strong entries will be posted on

The English Department will also give smaller book-tokens to strong entries that do not win the Prize. 

You can treat the ideas in a free way: any connection is fine, as long as the poems are clearly connected by image, inspiration, theme, form, situation, context …

The Peter Dix Memorial Prize for Poetry was presented by the Dix family in memory of Peter, who died in the Lockerbie tragedy in 1988.  The Memorial (pictured above), by sculptor Joe Sloan, is kept in the Library and inscribed with the names of past winners.

Entries are to be emailed to Mr Canning by Friday 24th May.

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