Have you got what it takes to be the Mayflower 400 Plymouth young city laureate?

The hunt is on to find a young person who is passionate about poetry and writing to become Plymouth’s next Mayflower 400 young city Laureate.  

This is the fifth year that the City Council have worked in partnership with South West arts agency, Literature Works to try and find aspiring new writers in the city between the ages of 16 and 19 to apply for the honorary post.

The role of Plymouth Young City Laureate is important, as the winner will be asked to create work to celebrate special events or occasions in the city as well as being expected to perform at events in libraries, schools and festivals.

The competition that is free to enter, is open to any young person who lives, works or goes to school in Plymouth and is aged between 16 and 19 years. It’s a fabulous opportunity for the winner to secure city-wide recognition for their writing and performance skills and could be the first step towards a successful career in the arts.

To enter the competition you need to submit two samples of your creative writing.  One piece should be an original composition inspired by the theme of ‘Plymouth and its History’; the other should be another piece of on any subject you choose. Either piece can be in the form of poetry.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young people said: “We have some incredibly talented young people in Plymouth and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to really shine. It’s so important that we encourage our young people’s talent and I’m really pleased the Council is working with Literature Works to support this project.”   

Closing date for entries is Friday 24 March.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday 3 May during a special celebration as part of the new Plymouth Festival of Words. The festival will see a range of events taking place over five days across the city, and is being organised through a partnership of Literature Works and the University of Plymouth, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth City Council and local literary groups.

The winner will receive a cash prize of £100 and will be invited to write and perform some of  their pieces in front of different audiences at a series of exciting public events during the year. He or she will also benefit from a tailored cultural mentoring programme provided by the City Council in partnership with Literature Works and Plymouth University.

Entries may be submitted by post or email to Literature Works, Peninsula Arts, Roland Levinsky Building, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA or email them toinfo@literatureworks.org.uk.

Please include Mayflower 400 Young City Laureate 2017 in your subject line. Make sure your entry includes your name, address and mobile phone number.