Carol Ann Duffy and Andrew Motion are among the judges of the 20th Poetry Society competition for anyone over 18, which has a first prize of Pounds 5,000. Poems may be on any subject and must not exceed 40 lines. Entry fee: Pounds 5; Pounds 3 for subsequent entries. Closing date: October 31. Details: The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BH.
Previously unpublished poetry and short stories are invited for possible publication in a paperback collection to appear spring 1998, which will provide an outlet for new writers. The best entry will win Pounds 100 and book tokens will go to runners-up. Closing date: October 31. Details: send SAE to Mostly Poetry, co 3a Pine Grove, Maidstone, Kent ME14 2AJ.
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The deadline for this Council in World Citizenship competition for students aged 16 to 19 (Noticeboard, July 4) has been extended to November 7. Details: Seth Lartey, 0171 929 5090.