Poets invited to enter competition

2018-11-21 06:00
The trophy of the Avbob Poetry CompetitionPhoto: Supplied

The trophy of the Avbob Poetry CompetitionPhoto: Supplied

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Avbob calls on poets to enter its 2018 poetry competition in all 11 official languages.

Poets have until 30 November at 23:59 to harness their sense of an ending by crafting poetry that has the power to move others.

The Avbob Poetry Project marks a beginning in every sense of the word. It is the beginning of an established platform for poets to connect with each other. It is the creation of a portal where South African poetry is produced. It is also the start of a grassroots movement that champions an art form that is often overlooked, yet central to the human experience.

Editors are ready to select only the finest poems, with the most powerful messages, in honour of a mandate that promises to create a leading crucible of poetic craft, that offers bereavement counselling par excellence, and that unearths rich talent.

While the 2017 Avbob Poetry Competition is reported to have yielded 11 016 poems in the first three months, with an astounding 878 on the final day, this year’s results, until the end of October, have been even more impressive, with 13 944 entries so far

According to Avbob’s CEO Frik Rademan, the competition is aimed at creating a rich tapestry of South African voices that would offer hope and healing to the bereaved.

“Where else do a 9-year-old and a 90-year-old share their words of wisdom with the world? Where else do we see a swathe of poetry cutting right across this land, from Kuruman to Cullinan, to Cape Town?

“Where else do we see a polyphonic gathering of every single official language of South Africa?”

For the 2018 competition, a 20-poem limit per poet policy was introduced to encourage poets to present only their most accomplished poems for publication on the website.

However, due to popular demand from the poets themselves, the limit was increased to 30 poems per poet. And, in an effort to showcase the work of local poets, the print anthology that will result from the competition will feature fewer commissioned poets, and more of amateur poets.

“We encourage all poets to seize this last chance to craft words of comfort in their mother tongue to reach all.”

Entrants could earn R300 per poem in usage rights, and stand a chance to win the Avbob poetry prize in each language category, comprising a singular trophy, R10 000 and a R2 500 book voucher.

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