The challenge is for poets aged 25 and under to write a poem about birds – anything to do with them. The YPN and RSPB suggest entrants read a 2009 article by Adam O’Riordan, about the enduring importance of birds to poets.
Why are poets so fascinated by birds?
In the Sixties, Ted Hughes found in birds the symbols of his own concerns, first in the shining, terrible, power of The Hawk in the Rain whose "wings hold all creation in a weightless quiet" and later going as far as to forge his own gospel story in Crow.
For Seamus Heaney the blackbird becomes a bridge to memory of his young brother's death in Blackbird of Glanmore "on the grass when I arrive / filling the stillness with life.”
The competition deadline is Sunday 1 February 2015. Entries may be a page poem written down, or a performance poem as a video or as an audio file.