17th January 1997 at 00:00
ROYAL INSTITUTION OF CHARTERED SURVEYORS SCHOOLS ENVIRONMENT AWARD. A first prize of Pounds 500 of equipment will be awarded to the best school project on any one of the following themes: conserving a building; rural renewal; urban renewal; and greening the city. Closing date: February 28. Details: Suzy Roberts, 0171 334 3724.


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.


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.


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.

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