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Poetry competition: Open invitation

Set yourself up for a strong performance in the year’s most popular poetry competition, the Annual Open, with advice from judge Alison Chisholm

The Open Poetry Competition is the best one of the year for some of the Writing Magazine poets, as it offers total freedom of choice. Find your own subject and express yourself in your preferred way, and the brilliant poem pours itself onto the paper. For the same reason, the Open Poetry Competitionis the worst one of the year for other poets. The lack of any sort of direction other than line length makes impossible demands… and how do you ever find a benchmark?

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