This year’s Poetry Competition, organised by the Gibraltar Cultural Services and in conjunction with The Gibraltar Chronicle, is already taking entries for the event.

The competition is open to Gibraltarians and residents of Gibraltar who may submit up to two original works. The overall winner will receive the Ministry of Culture prize of £300 and a trophy.

The winner in each school category will receive a £50 voucher and a pen donated by the Gibraltar Chronicle as well as a trophy from the Ministry of Culture on 9 November at John Mackintosh Hall at 4pm. All the winning entries will be printed in the Gibraltar Chronicle as from the following day.

“We started organising these literary competitions in 2008 and we need to encourage more people to put pen to paper,” said Seamus Byrne, CEO of Gibraltar Cultural Services “We want to get the community more involved in literature. We get over 300 entries a year, so I think this competition is going from strength to strength.”

Additionally, there will also be four categories based on school years or college equivalent from school years four to five; Years six to seven; Years eight to 11; Years 12 to 13.

Entry forms and full conditions are available from: School; the Gibraltar College of Further Education; The Department of Education; Gibraltar Cultural Services; John Mackintosh Hal; Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery; John Mackintosh Square, or e-mail info@culture.gi.

Entries must reach Gibraltar Cultural Services by Monday 10 October. For any further information please contact Gibraltar Cultural Services, 308 Main Street on telephone 20067236 or email: info@culture.gi.