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Lord Mayor’s poetry competition

The Lord Mayor of Norwich has launched a poetry competition on the theme of the River Wensum.  

This is a brilliant opportunity for Norwich residents of all ages to share their thoughts and feelings about the beautiful Wensum, which has played such an important part in our history and continues to shape our lives today. 

How to get involved

The competition is split into three categories: 

  • primary school 
  • secondary school 
  • and adult (18+)

Poems for the primary category should be acrostics, using the word WENSUM as the prompt.

Poems for the intermediate and adult categories can be of any type, relating to the River Wensum. 


The winner of each category will receive a £20 Jarrold book voucher and their poem will be printed in Citizen magazine which gets delivered to every household in the city.  


The poems will be judged by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, the Sheriff of Norwich, Caroline Jarrold, Chris Gribble, CEO of the National Centre for Writing, and local poet and author Shannon Clinton-Copeland.

The closing date is Wednesday 18 January 2023

All entries should be sent to Civic office, City Hall, St Peter's Street, Norwich
NR2 1NH or emailed to

Please remember to include your name and age with your email.

The competition is being supported by the National Centre for Writing and Norwich UNESCO City of Literature, with prizes kindly donated by Jarrold. We are also delighted to announce esteemed poet, and Norfolk resident, George Szirtes as patron of the competition.

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