Opportunities Creative opportunities A Poem for Europe competition A national competition has been launched to find the most thoughtful and inspiring poem about Europe. The theme is ‘A Poem for Europe’. As ordinary UK and European citizens, the competition organisers have felt powerless to affect the outcome of Brexit negotiations, so they have decided to make a creative response through setting up a Poetry Competition. Entrants are invited to share their emotions about Europe and its future by writing a poem (maximum length of 32 lines) expressing them. Shortlisted poems will be published online and in print too. Entrants have the chance to receive cash prizes if they win the Competition. The draft criteria include originality and imagination, technical skill, clarity in whatever message entrants wish to express and avoidance of political recriminations. The judging will be politically neutral – it is the quality of the poem that counts. The competition has two age groups (defined as the age you’ll be on 31st July 2019):Young Person’s category: 16 – 25 years old (£3 entry fee)Open Category: 26+ years old (£6 entry fee) The deadline for entries is midnight, Wednesday 31 July 2019. Visit the A Poem for Europe website for more information.