We would like to congratulate current student, Georgina Melia, and Long Road Alumni, Denzil Duckett, for being shortlisted in the Armistice 100 Prize for Schools Poetry competition, organised by the University of Lincoln.
In total, 544 poems were entered into the competition, with each one being read by the Poet laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and a team a judges. Carol Ann Duffy and her fellow judges were all extremely impressed by the quality of poems they received; of all of these outstanding entries 2 students of Long Road, Georgina and Melia and Denzil Duckett, have both been shortlisted as final winners.
Both Georgina and Denzil have been invited to an awards ceremony held at the University of Lincoln on 15th November where winning poems will be read out by judges, and prizes and certificates presented to winning and highly commended poets. Carol Ann Duffy will announce the competition winners and launch a book containing a foreword by herself and a collection of the very best shortlisted poems. To be included in this published collection is an outstanding achievement in itself for these young poets; however the prize doesn’t stop there, with the winning poet awarded £300 and a further £300 awarded to their school or college.
Congratulations once again to Georgina and Denzil for the outstanding achievement of being shortlisted for this prize. We wish you the best of luck at the awards ceremony and can’t wait to read more of your poems in the future!
Click here to hear Carol Ann Duffy talk about her involvement in the Armistice 100 Prize for Schools Poetry Competition.