We’ve teamed up with the National Centre for Writing to offer early-career poets the opportunity to create a poem suitable for 8-10 year olds as part of this year’s North Norfolk Poetry Slam.  The commissioned poem (up to 24 lines in total) will be performed by the poet at two special events.

The selected poet will receive a fee of £1,000 to undertake to write the poem, deliver a CPD session for teachers and writers on writing for younger children and to perform an age appropriate set twice publicly as part of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival Slam events, in Yarmouth and Sheringham, in July 2020.

Young Norfolk Arts and the National Centre for Writing are keen to offer the opportunity to a poet who is in the early stage of their writing career and the selected writer will receive support from Young Norfolk Arts and the National Centre for Writing. The opportunity is open to early-career writers and poets currently residing in the East Anglia region (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire,Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk) but we also welcome applications from writers who can demonstrate a strong, non-residential link to East Anglia.

The deadline for applications is Friday 28 February 2020 and the selected poet would need to produce the work by the end of April 2020.

Download the YNAF 2020 Poetry Commission call out by clicking here.