Listen to the World Poetry Competition - Safe Places

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The Third Annual Positive Images Peace Festival Poetry Competition on the subject of Safe Places.


Young People’s  Category

Aimee Morley   “Low Low Low”

Runner Up  
Tanya Gupta      “Safe at Last”

Adult Category

 Sarah Leavesley    “ Circles and Sandcastles”  

Runner Up
Jane Chevous  “Safe Place”

Highly Commended
Anna Bradley  “Ruth”
Rachel Burns   “Fountains Abbey”
David Copson   “Family Album”
Nick Knibb    “Barbershop”

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Enter the FREE Peace Festival Poetry Competition and win a prize for the best poem on the topic of “Safe Places”.

Two categories:

  • Adult (16 years and over)
  • Winner: £60 and Runner Up: £30
  • Young People (10 to 15 years)
  • Winner: £30 and Runner Up: £15

Competition Dates: Entries can be submitted between 1st and 27th October

Poem length: No more than 40 lines (excluding the title)

Maximum number of entries: Three per person

Coventry is acknowledged internationally as a city of Peace and Sanctuary and in recent years has given sanctuary to more Syrian Refugees than any other local authority in the country. This year Positive Images would like to celebrate this theme in the annual Peace Festival Poetry competition.
The competition theme can be interpreted in any way you choose – whether there is a certain room, house or environment that you consider to be your safe place or whether you want to celebrate Coventry or another city or town that is close to your heart. It’s up to you. The judging panel are hoping to receive poems that offer an interesting and original take on the theme.
The competition is FREE and open to entries worldwide, however all entries must be written in English.

The winners, runners-up and the best of the rest will be invited to read their poems at the Positive Images Peace Festival Awards afternoon at the Hope Centre, Hillfields on Saturday November 10th.
The poems will also appear in the Chatterbox magazine, on the Positive Images website and will later appear in the Poetry Competition booklet.
Free booklets will be available to all entrants.
The Judging Panel will include Martin Brown, the adult winner from the 2017 competition.
The decision of the Panel is final.
For full details see the separate competition entry form.
Poems can be emailed as word documents to