You're invited to our flash poetry competition for National Poetry Day!
Do you scribble sonnets in your spare time? Are you partial to a bit of rhyme? Or do you want to start writing but don’t know how?
To celebrate National Poetry Day on 4th October, we're giving one lucky Caboodler the chance to win a gorgeous £100 personalised National Book Token featuring their poem, as judged by poets Kate Clanchy and Joseph Coelho.
The winner will also get a box of new poetry worth £300, including The Forward Book of Poetry 2019, which brings together the best contemporary poetry in the UK.
Quick! Send us your poem before midnight on 7th October*.
This competition has now ended.
We received more than 2,500 wonderful flash poems for our National Poetry Day competition and we're delighted to announce that the winner is... Alison Jacobs from Lincoln!
Kate Clanchy said: "I like the barcode image inserted in the romantic landscape. It isn’t just a clear analogy. It refreshes our view and takes us inside the poet’s twenty-first century mind- a real flash of insight".
Alison has won her poem on a £100 National Book Token and a bundle of poetry books. Congratulations!
Why not give someone the gift of your poem on a National Book Token?
Team National Book Tokens also loved reading all your flash poems. Here are a few of our favourites:
Piccasso's Wife. Some people look better painted blue she mused. Leaving the bed or kitchen with a lopsided smile. - Kathryn
Send me a love poem, she typed with a wink. I found this one, he said, just open the link. - Aimee
At her funeral I wear something fitting... a jumper with one sleeve, the last thing she was knitting. - Tracy