Ahoy there writers!

Lord Mayor at the launch of the mezzanine poetry comp

A special poetry competition has been launched to encourage people in Liverpool to discover more about the city’s nautical history.

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, is backing the competition. She said: “Liverpool has a fantastic and legendary maritime history and there are many families in the city with connections to the sea.

“Many young people are unaware of our proud heritage as a seafaring port and I hope this poetry competition gives them the opportunity to find out more.

“I want to encourage as many people as possible to enter the competition using the wealth of information the city has to offer, we are looking for something special that captures the spirit of the sea and the imagination of everyone.”

Anyone can enter; there are two categories, 12-18 year olds, and over 18. Entries are limited to one poem per person (schools can submit two entries per class) and all poems must be submitted by email or post.

Ten lucky finalists will be chosen from all entries and invited to the Town Hall for a special celebratory evening where they will all be asked to read their poems before a judging panel who will then decide which is the winning entry.

It is hoped that a selection of poems submitted will be published to raise money for one the Liverpool Sea Cadets who are one of the Lord Mayor’s charities, therefore all entrants must agree to their poem being published.

Email address for poems: Poetry.Competition@liverpool.gov.uk and postal submissions should be sent to: Lord Mayor’s Secretary, Liverpool Town Hall, Liverpool, L2 3SW.

Further information and rules can be found by visiting: www.mezzanineofmaritime.com

Conditions of entry:

Entries: Are free but limited to one poem per person (schools two entries per class)

Submission: All poems submitted by email unless due to exceptional circumstances

Restrictions: All poems must be unpublished and no longer than one page of A4 or equivalent

Theme: Poems must be non offensive and relevant to the theme ‘Mezzanine of Maritime’

Publication: Entrants agree to their poem being published (if selected), in aid of Liverpool Sea Cadets

Categories: 12-18 years old at the time of entry and Over-18 at time of entry

Judging: Organiser’s decision is final, and reserves the right to amend the competition at any time

Other: No correspondence will be entered into under any circumstance

Deadline: Entries received after midnight Sunday 24th of February 2013 will not be accepted

Prize: Tour of the Ship of the Battle of Atlantic, May 2013