Young poets contest to continue

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Stepping up .. Rebecca Lees is organising this year's Young Writers South Canterbury Poetry Competition, entries for which are now open. PHOTO: COURIER FILES

by Alexia Johnston

A popular poetry competition will live on in South Canterbury thanks to a Geraldine woman.
Entries to the 2017 Young Writers South Canterbury Poetry Competition, for poets aged 18 and under, are now open.
The competition’s founder, Jan Hill, announced before last year’s competition it was the last time she would organise it.
She had hoped someone else would step up to the challenge and her call has been answered by Rebecca Lees, of Geraldine, who has been busy promoting the initiative in schools over recent weeks.
“All schools in the South Canterbury region have been sent an invitation to take part, so children can ask their teachers about it,” Mrs Lees said.
She encouraged young people to give the competition a go.
The junior section is for those aged between 5 and 7, the middle section for those between 8 and 12, and senior section for those between 13 and 18.
“There are no entry fees and you can write about whatever you like,” Mrs Lees said.
She was keen to hear from anyone willing to assist with sponsorship, Mrs Lees said.
Mrs Hill, who remains devoted to the competition, will continue to be involved in the event as a judge, alongside Neena Bennett and Mrs Lees.