This year's poetry competition opens on March 1st and closes on July 12th.
To download a .pdf copy of the competition information, rules and entry form
Each year, in October, residents of the small town of Mere in Wiltshire, along with their friends, get together to put on a Literary festival to support the local Linkscheme charity.
Ably organised, as it has been from its inception in 1997, by Adrienne Howell, and staffed by volunteers, the festival uses the talents of a combination of local writers and performers, and those from the international stage, to put on a variety of talks, workshops and shows.
The festival caters for a wide range of interests including events for children, and audiences are drawn from those living in this rural district and visitors to the town, among them those shortlisted or commended in the biennial open poetry competition.
Everyone is assured of a warm welcome to Mere, which nestles below downland on the western edge of Salisbury Plain. Visitors can explore winding lanes, woodland tracks or longer walks on Castle Hill with stunning views of the Blackmore Vale and Mere Downs as well as enjoy the Literary Festival events.