Support Young Poets in Wales

by Poetry Wales in Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th June 2021 we successfully raised £6,496 with 161 supporters in 384 days

Help create a new bilingual competition and anthology for young people across Wales and the UK.

by Poetry Wales in Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Support our underrepresented writers. All funds will go towards creating poetry resources for young people and to subsidising free entries for low-income writers to Wales Poetry Award, our international poetry competition.


Land of poets

It's in our national anthem, our language, our landscapes, our voices, and our young people.

Poetry Wales has been publishing poets for 55 years now. In that time we've been a platform for everyone from Dannie Abse, Tishani Doshi, Owen Sheers and Ailbhe Darcy to Jonathan Edwards, Hanan Issa, Marvin Thompson, and Sascha Aurora Akhtar. We've platformed hundreds of poets, many with published collections of their own. All unique, all brilliant, all with Poetry Wales in common.

New and established, we're proud to be a part of their poetry careers, but as we adapt to a world where we must continually prove the worth of art and empathy, against hostility from governments outside of Wales that affect us all, we need to support our poets of the future. After all, what is a land of poets without its poets?

The Young Poets Competition and Anthology

We need your help to raise funds for Wales Young Poets Award, a new bilingual competition for young people aged 10-17 across Wales and the UK. 

The competition will be free to enter and its theme will be empathy. We will produce an anthology that will find a home in every school in Wales. Our winners and runners-up, in Welsh and English, published together, will receive coveted book vouchers.

But, more importantly, they will gain confidence in their writing, which they will take with them through life. They will know and take strength from what's on offer here in Wales: an unrivalled community of poets, writers and artists. 

But this cannot happen without your support. We are asking you to contribute to our crowdfunder to raise £3000 so we can create this invaluable opportunity for our young poets.

Poetry Resources for All

While our first £3000 will go to prizes, judging, translation and the cost of a print anthology, in order to give all our young poets a fairer chance as many children will remain at home due to the coronavirus, we'd also like to raise funds for new accessible online resources for all, including activity plans and video lessons on writing and performing poetry. We've currently outlined 10 of these lessons, each costing around £375 each for planning, creating and recording. These are designed to complement the new Welsh national curriculum, and priority will be given to freelance poets who have lost income due to lockdown.

Wales Poetry Award

If we're fortunate enough to surpass £6000, any further funds raised will subsidise free entries for low-income writers. Last year we successfully held the inaugural Wales Poetry Award, our international competition for English language poetry. It is one of the only poetry competitions in the UK to offer free, equal entry to those from households earning £16,000 or less per year. Due to coronavirus, we no longer have a sponsor for free entries to the competition. However, we're dedicated to making poetry accessible, so any additional funding we receive here will be used to support these underrepresented poets.

Why we need your support

We are a non-profit company. Despite our long history, we are a small magazine. While we would love to dedicate £3000 to fund the competition ourselves, another £3000 to pay our poets to create resources for young poets, and any spare to support low-income writers entering our competition for adults, we simply do not have the money. 

We are grateful to Books Council Wales from whom we receive our core funding of £20k. This funding primarily pays for staffing (and our dedicated Poetry Wales staff are both part-time). We, unfortunately, do not have the money to start the several projects we would like to. 

Your support will allow us to fund the most important of our outreach projects: to reach young and underrepresented writers in Wales. 

The competition will likely yield no profit, but it is a huge opportunity we want to give all young writers in Wales. For many poets, a writing competition is the first and most important jaunt into the literary world. We would like for every young person to write, to find their voice and be able to express themselves. So, please pledge what you can. Please share with friends, family, teachers, universities, businesses, publishers, everyone. And above all, please donate to help us support the next generation of poets.

What your support will fund

Reads: What your support will fund - Prizes, Judging, Translation, Poetry Resources, Anthology, Fair access for all

Your support up to £3000 will fund Wales Young Poets Award, including prizes, a print anthology sent to schools in Wales, judging and bilingual translation.

Your support up to £6000 will fund the creation of freely accessible poetry resources, including activity plans and video lessons for young poets. These are designed to complement the new Welsh national curriculum. 

Support exceeding £6000 will be used to subsidise free entry to Wales Poetry Award for those from low-income backgrounds, ensuring fair access for all.

We are grateful for any contribution, no matter how small. Please pledge today to help nurture young talent. Thank you.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Signed Poetry Book + Preorder Anthology

Receive a signed book from one of our poets along with your print anthology, with your name printed on the supporter page. [You may request a particular poet's book, as long as the poet is willing, or choose from a list of individual donated signed books.]

£5 or more

Supporter

Be a supporter of Wales Young Poets Award. You'll receive a thank you email from us.

£10 or more

Named Supporter

Have your name printed on the supporters page of our print anthology.

£20 or more

Preorder Anthology + Named Supporter

Receive the print anthology, with your named printed on the supporter page

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Richard Georges + Anthology

1-1 writing/mentoring session via Zoom with award-winning poet Richard Georges (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

1 of 2 claimed

1-1 Session with Taylor Edmonds + Anthology

1-1 writing/mentoring session with published poet Taylor Edmonds (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Patrick Jones + Anthology

1-1 writing/mentoring session with published poet Patrick Jones (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Reviewing Masterclass w/ Matt Jarvis + Anthology

Critique and develop your reviewing skills with published poet and academic Matthew Jarvis (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£70 or more

1 of 3 claimed

Candlestick Press Pamphlet Bundle + Anthology

Ten pamphlets of your choice with Di Slaney's 'Herd Queen' (TBR Sept 2020) (worth £61.50 + P&P). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£250 or more

Signed poetry book bundle

Receive a signed poetry book bundle from our poets, as well as a copy of the anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£1,000 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Named patron of the competition

You will be a named patron of the competition forever.* Also included: signed book bundle, preorder anthology with your name printed included as a patron.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Marvin Thompson + Anthology

One hour 1-1 writing/mentoring session with published poet Marvin Thompson (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Zoe Brigley Thompson + Anthology

1-1 session with published poet Zoe Brigley Thompson, for 3 poems or a 5000 word nonfiction essay (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Natalie Ann Holborow + Anthology

One hour 1-1 writing/mentoring session with published poet Natalie Ann Holborow (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Katrina Naomi + Anthology

One hour 1-1 writing/mentoring session with published poet Katrina Naomi (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Susie Wild + Anthology

1-1 writing advice session with publisher and poet Susie Wild via Zoom (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

3 of 3 claimed

1-1 Session with Di Slaney + Anthology

One hour 1-1 writing/mentoring session with publisher and poet Di Slaney (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Briony Collins + Anthology

1-1 session with published poet Briony Collins via Zoom (worth £60), for up to 5 poems. You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Paul Henry + Anthology

One hour online session with published poet Paul Henry, up to 6 poems (worth £60). You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Personalised poem from Jonathan Edwards

Would you like a poem written specifically for a friend or relative, or on a subject of your choice? Award-winning poet Jonathan Edwards will write a poem just for you!

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

1-1 Session with Jonathan Edwards + Anthology

1-1 writing/mentoring session with Poetry Wales editor and award-winning poet Jonathan Edwards. You will also receive an anthology with your name printed on the supporter page.

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