A tried and tested multilingual poetry competition that celebrates cultural diversity and the many languages currently spoken in secondary schools that was crested by Routes into Languages North West and is run in the Eastern region this year by Routes into Languages East in partnership sponsored by the OWRI Language Acts and Worldmaking project and supported by Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge
THE ROUTES EAST COMPETITION
Open to: 11-18 year olds (Years 7-13)
Age categories are as follows:
KS3 (Secondary years 7,8,9)
KS4 (Secondary years 10,11)
KS5 (Secondary years 12,13)
Each school can enter the 2 best entries from each year group for Mother Tongue and the 2 best entries per year group for Other Tongue.
The deadline is Monday 22nd July.
Shortlisted entries will be selected by a panel of judges and will receive certificates. Winners will receive trophies. All shortlisted poems will feature in the Mother Tongue Other Tongue poetry anthology, generously sponsored by the OWRI Language Acts and Worldmaking Project and participating schools will be invited to a Celebration Event on Wednesday 16th October 4.00 - 8.00 at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2019 (tbc).
Routes into Languages East invites young writers to send in their poetry and verse for this multi-lingual poetry competition. There are two categories:
- Mother Tongue – pupils whose first language is not English are encouraged to submit a poem or song in their first language. It can be an original piece, or a ‘remembered’ piece. It can be written in any language. The entry will be judged on a short paragraph (written in English) that explains the piece and its significance to the pupil.
- Other Tongue – pupils learning another language are encouraged to get creative with this language and submit an original poem for the competition.
Mother Tongue / Other Tongue is open to all mainstream and supplementary secondary schools in the East and pupils can enter as individuals or groups of any size.
Pupils whose first language is not English, or who speak another language at home, are encouraged to submit a poem or song in their Mother Tongue. This can be an original or a ‘remembered’ piece.
It can be written in any language, except English. Entries will be judged on a short paragraph in which pupils will explain the piece and its significance to them.
Pupils learning another language are encouraged to get creative with their 'Other Tongue' and submit an original poem for the competition.
All entries must be accompanied by a Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2019 Entry Cover Sheet (see below).
FOR A TEACHER'S PACK TO HELP GET YOU STARTED email Sarah Schechter: firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit by email, send your entry to email@example.com, with the entry form (see below, attached to the flier) and with the subject heading MTOT.
To submit by post, send a copy of your work, remembering to include the entry form to:
Routes into Languages East
Murray Edwards College
University of Cambridge
NOTE: no responsibility will be taken for lost or wrongly addressed entries and entries without fully completed entry forms risk not being accepted for the competition