Poems of Good Hope competition

IBM Germany and the international Literature Festival Berlin are announcing a poetry contest. From the 5th July until 30th August all users of the site www.sawubona-musicjam.com are invited to put a poem on the subject of “Good Hope” on the website. It should not exceed 30 lines. Poems in any language are welcome but only an English version which is either the author’s own or the translation by any other user of the site will participate in the contest. Winners will be announced on September 10th.

With the help of the website’s users through simple ratings, the ten best poems will be shortlisted. Five international will then assess shortlisted ones and elect the win-ners of the contest. The decision of the jury will be made known on the 10th September at the 8th international literature festival berlin.

The first prize involves a trip to South Africa and a cash award of 500 Euro. 2nd and 3rd to receive the cash award of 500 Euro only. In the event that the author and the translator are not one and the same person, the cash awards will be equally shared between both of them. The trip to South Africa will be awarded in that case to each of the winners – author and translator.

Moreover the international literature festival berlin will select one participant of the competition who will have the possibility of appearing in the context of the Poetry Slam Show (more information is to be found at www.literaturfestival.com) at the 8th international literature festival berlin.

Contest Requirements
  • Requirement for participation is the availability of the poem besides the author‘s native language in english.
  • The author can add his own translation or other users can translate his poem into english. Both the author of the original poem and the author of the best translation have the chance of winning. The prize will be splitted between both.
  • Every poem must be submitted under the creative commons license “Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Germany”.

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