Last chance to enter McGregor festival poetry writing competition


THE theme for Poetry in McGregor 2021 is The Garden of the Beloved the fertile heart’s thirst for and flowering in the presence of love, which is the poem’s safe harbour in our oceanic mystery of human being. The Garden of the Beloved is also the theme for the adult category in this year’s poetry competition. 

The call to poets is to sing of love’s religion, of the landscapes and idylls of our most naked and simple reality, the human in the presence of love in all and any of its infinite forms, those perfect thoughts in the perfect minds that think them.  

Send your poems, from ballads to odes, from songs to elegies, be they faltering, free, formal, overwhelming, or quiet and faint.

Beloved Garden at Temenos, McGregor


Adult Category

First prize R5 000

Second Prize R2 500

Third prize R1 000

Schools/Youth Category: This category is open to anyone between 7 and 18 years. Entrants in the youth category can enter poems on any subject.

First prize R2 500

Second Prize R1 000

Third prize R500

There is also an R1 000 award for a poem about caring for our environment and a R500 award for writing a poem about caring for one another. English and Afrikaans poems can be entered for both categories. Send your poems via email to [email protected]. Write the word COMPETITION in the subject line and include your name, contact details and category you are entering for in the email. Two entries per person allowed. Poems to be no longer than 36 lines, and the deadline is July 20, 2021. Ts&Cs apply. For more information, click here.

McGregor Poetry Festival will take place from August 27 – 29, 2021. More information here.


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