By Georgina


15 Jun 2013

London’s leading writer development agency, Spread The Word is holding a life-changing opportunity for one poet aged 18-25 to become the city’s first ever young Poet Laureate, with commissions worth £9000 as well as outstanding growth opportunities presented by the company.

This summer, six young poets will be chosen to take part in a development week, which will include four days outside of London, concluding with the chance to perform at both Southbank and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. October 3rd, otherwise known throughout the literary world as National Poetry Day, will see a winner being announced as the first ever Young Poet Laureate for London.

Applications are invited from young people aged between 18–25. You must be in this age range on 24th June 2013 and you must live in a London Borough, with a London postcode. You do not have to be a published poet or professional in any way, but you must show a commitment to the art form, and willing to perform.

How do I apply?

You must send the following to Spread The Word:

  1. Samples of work: minimum of three and maximum of five poems – no more than 120 lines in total.
  2. CV: a Writer’s CV (if you have one) and an ‘ordinary’ CV detailing education, employment/voluntary development, your contact details and your date of birth.
  3. Personal Statement: please tell us in no more than 400 words what you hope to bring to the Young Poet Laureate scheme and what you hope to gain from it.
  4. Write a poem: up to 30 lines, inspired by East London, The Olympics or the Olympic Legacy.
  5. Confirm: that you are available for the development week of July 22nd 2013.

Send by email to: [email protected]. Please put your name in the file name (e.g. SuzieSmithCV).

Alternatively you can post your application to: Spread the Word, SPOKE YPL, The Albany, Douglas Way, London SE8 4AG.

Closing date for applications is midday on Monday 24 June 2013.

Click here for more info.