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This year there will be ten winners and a new prize awarded to the Best Poem in Translation by a young poet whose mother tongue is not English. All the winning Suffolk Young Poets will enjoy the following benefits and prizes:


• The opportunity to read their poem on stage at the Halesworth Arts Festival on Friday 19 October 2018 as part of the Suffolk Young Poets evening, alongside Latvia’s leading writer for children, Ieva Flamingo, who’ll be partnered by her translator Richard O’Brien. Together, they’ll share poems from Ieva’s first UK publication The Noisy Classroom.


• A place on the Suffolk Young Poets workshop afternoon on Friday 19 October at The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth.


• An illustrated poster of each winning poem, individually created by design group Silk Pearce.


• A Suffolk Young Poets Competition Trophy, £20 book token and a Top Ten Winner certificate. Up to 40 Highly Commended certificates will also be awarded.


• Publication on the Poetry People website and other social media


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Leading design group Silk Pearce are keen to support and recognise the best poems by young people. They have designed our stylish  trophies, given to each of the ten winners and also to the Suffolk school with the strongest overall entry to the Competition. The Prize – which will also include an invaluable selection of poetry and creative writing books for the school’s library – will be awarded at the celebration event on Friday 19 October 2018 at the Halesworth Arts Festival.