Swindon Link magazine is sponsoring the first ever Swindon micro-poetry competition in association with the Swindon Festival of Poetry from 3 to 6 October.
On offer is £70 to the winner, £50 for second and £20 for the third place. The winning entries will be read at the festival on National Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October.
Festival co-organiser Hilda Sheehan said: “It’s a case of every word counts. The Swindon Festival of Poetry is looking forward to receiving poems where writers have really distilled their thoughts, ideas, and words into small packages; this is what poetic form often demands.
"It will be very interesting to see what emerges from this challenge.”
There are two ways to enter:
• directly to the @SN140Poems Twitter stream;
• if you don’t do Twitter, send your poem of up to 140 characters to: Swindon140Poems@gmail.com and it will be tweeted for you.
The closing date is Thursday 26 September.
Need inspiration? See @BZephaniah, the official Twitter account of Benjamin Zephaniah who describes himself as poet, writer, lyricist, musician and trouble maker