W H SMITH INKY FOOT AWARD
Aspiring authors under 16 are invited to describe their experiences, feelings or imaginings in the form of original, expressive and honest poetry, prose or drama. Ten winners in each of the four age groups will receive cash prizes and books to the value of Pounds 250 for their schools. Poet Laureate Ted Hughes is one of the judges. Closing date: February 28. Details: 01793 451300.
BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY AIM HIGH AWARDS
Companies and schools are invited to submit details of specific projects that have been undertaken or completed between January and December 1996 within mainstream education. The categories are: support for the national curriculum; teacher and management development; and extra curricular and out-of-school support. Closing date: February 28. The national judging panel is chaired by Sir Ron Dearing, chair, School Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Details: BIC, 0171 224 1600.
PETERLOO POETS' TWELFTH OPEN POETRY COMPETITION
Entries of up to 40 lines on any subject and in any style or form are invited by March 1. First prize is Pounds 4,000 and five other prizes total Pounds 2,100. Michael Donaghy and Helen Dunmore are on the judging panel. Entry fee is Pounds 4 (tenpoems maximum). Details: send SAE to the Administrator, Open Poetry Competition, Peterloo Poets, 2 Kelly Gardens, Calstock, Cornwall PL18 9SA, 01822 833473.