Enter our micro-poetry competition for a chance to win two free weekend tickets

We are excited to launch a brand new micro-poetry competition today, inviting submissions via our Open Garden Squares Weekend social media channels. The winner will receive two free adult tickets to Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018.

We’d love to receive your poems, which must be of 200 characters or less, and accompanying photos or other visuals will be very welcome too. The theme is “London’s green spaces: discover, explore, enjoy”. 

(c) Emma Filtness

Please see the ‘how to enter’ section below for details of the tags and hashtags that must be included with your poem.

We are very grateful to Dr Emma Filtness, poet and Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Brunel University, London, who will judge the competition. As well as teaching on the Creative Writing BA and MA programmes, Emma writes poetry and short fiction often inspired by the natural world, and her work has been published in a number of magazines and journals. Emma kindly wrote the verse reproduced here, which beautifully demonstrates what can be achieved in just a few characters.

How to enter 

All submissions must have a maximum character count of 200 characters (including spaces). Submissions will only be accepted via the Open Gardens Squares Weekend social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. No other method of submission will be accepted. The following information must be included with all submissions:

  • Twitter: @opensquares #ogsw2018poems
  • Instagram: @opensquaresweekend #ogsw2018poems
  • Facebook: @londonogsw #ogsw2018poems

Submissions will be accepted from 00.01am on Monday 19 March to 11.59pm on Friday 20 April. The winner will be announced by Friday 4 May at the very latest, and the judge’s decision on the winning entry is final.

All entrants agree that the London Parks and Gardens Trust and the Open Garden Squares Weekend organising team may share or repost their entries, including the author’s profile name and other publicly available profile details. The winner and other shortlisted entrants may be asked to provide further details, such as their full name and address, in order to promote their winning entry.

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