Poetry competition opened up to adults

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Children’s writer and poet Jan Hill is calling for entries to what could be the final Geraldine and South Canterbury Poetry Competition.
‘It’s just a way of motivating writers. I don’t gain anything from it financially. But
it’s a lot of fun.’
Planning to take a break from the event next year, Mrs Hill has opened entries up to include people of all ages this time around, not just children.
Mrs Hill has hosted the competition for the past six years. Last year she received 60 entries from children, with Carew Peel Forest School pupils being among the stand-out contributors.
‘‘They send in the most incredible poems.’’
The event was one she had enjoyed over the years.
‘‘It’s just a way of motivating writers. I don’t gain anything from it financially.
‘‘But it’s a lot of fun.’’
However, because of other commitments, Mrs Hill said she might take a break from organising the competition next year.
‘‘So, I’ve opened it up to adults, too,’’ she said.
‘‘The reason is it’s quite a lot of work, although I love encouraging the children. But I do want to . . . produce some more of my own books.
‘‘It depends — I’ll see,’’ she said, of the competition’s future.
Mrs Hill moved to New Zealand from England 21 years ago.
‘‘And, in 1998 I discovered Owen Marshall’s five-month writing course at the Aoraki Polytech. I had been writing but didn’t know if I was any good — if it was worthwhile me carrying on and should I waste my time doing it.’’
She has since penned numerous books, including her popular Maungati Mouse and Magnus the Cat series. – For more information about the Geraldine and South Canterbury Poetry Competition or to receive an entry form, email janhill@ihug.co.nz