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Young Poets Network: August Challenge # 4 – Write to Me: Epistolary Poems

In the finale of the August Challenges for 2021, the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network invites an exploration of the letter form poem. Created by the Foyle Young Poet Anisha Minocha, this challenge invites entrants to consider form, focusing on epistolary poems and the way they push and play with how poetry can be written.

In the modern era what is a letter is has broadened to also mean an email, DM or text, allowing freedom within this challenge, as long as it keeps epistolary roots. This 'letter' could be to someone, on a theme you’re passionate about, or it could play with perspectives, alongside being work that tests the physical presentation of poetry itself.

This challenge is open to writers aged up to 25 years old, from anywhere in the world. Schools and individuals are invited to enter, but children under 12 years old will need an adult’s permission.

Selected winners will be published on Young Poets Network and sent an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook, alongside other poetry prizes including books and posters.

Anisha Minocha