Competition FAQs

140 Characters of Slow - OUR SCHOOLS POETRY COMPETITION 2017 - £1,000 PRIZES

What’s it all about?

What is this life, if full of care, / We have no time to stand and stare?

ReLit was founded on the belief that a poem can be an oasis of calm – a moment of slowing down and reducing stress – in our frenetic world. We were inspired by Poems on the Underground, by the ancient Chinese and Japanese tradition of very short poems, and by the principles of Imagism as embodied by the original poem concerning the Underground, Ezra Pound’s "In a Station of the Metro":

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; / Petals, on a wet black bough.

We want young people up to the age of eighteen to find their own oasis – a moment of calm, a time to slow down, to stand and stare – and then to translate that moment into a poem of no more than 140 characters.

The best poems (one winner up to the age of 13, the other up to 18) will each win a prize of £1,000 -- £500 cash for the winners and £500 worth of poetry books for their school library.

How do I enter?

Simply fill out the form below and send it to us!

Who can enter?

Anyone up to the age of 18 inclusive, at the time of entering.

When is the closing date?

The end of the school year: 5pm on Friday 21st July 2017.

What happens then?

We will notify the winners, who will be awarded their prizes at their schools - or by skype if overseas.

Who are the judges?

The judges are the editors of our poetry anthology Stressed Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind. Their decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.