New war poetry competition launched by Prince William

The Poetry Society is supporting a war poetry competition launched by the Duke of Cambridge.  The competition, ‘A Poem to Remember’, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and also the opening of a new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre for the Armed Forces.

The competition, inspired by the war’s famous poets, is seeking poetry that honours those affected by service and aims to pay tribute to humankind’s capacity to cope with adversity.

The poetry competition is open to anybody aged 17 and over, and requires writers to submit unpublished work no more than 25 lines long.  The deadline is 9th April.

A panel of judges chaired by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow and including SAS veteran and bestselling novelist Andy McNab will select the top five. The winner will then be decided by public vote.

The winning entry will be read out by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony in the summer, marking the gift of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre to the nation. The poem will also be displayed prominently in perpetuity at the new Centre.

The competition is also supported by the War Poets Association, the Wilfred Owen Association, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, Help for Heroes, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Style for Soldiers, and Walking with the Wounded.

More information about the competition can be found here

February 2 2018