years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
To mark Jill Robinson’s first visit to a bear farm in 1993 and from this the start of Animals Asia’s rescue of moon bears and work to end bear bile farming we are holding our first UK poetry competition.
Over the years, we have been moved and touched by the wonderful poems that many of our supporters have sent us, about our work and specifically the moon bears. And we thought it was now time to create a national competition for everyone who wants to pen a poem in honour of the bears.
Your poems can be joyful, hopeful, passionate, powerful, funny or sad, we are open to all your expressions of creativity and feelings about these beautiful and brave bears.
The winning entrants will be announced at our 2013 Gala event at the London Rowing club on Thursday 13 June and their poems read to the audience by Rula Lenska and Peter Egan.
Deadline for entries Friday 24 May 2013
Judges Jill Robinson MBE, founder and CEO of Animals Asia
Peter Egan, actor and Animals Asia Ambassador
Rula Lenska, actor and Animals Asia supporter
William Hartston, Daily Express poetry editor
Prizes: 1. Overall winner
2. Adult category
3. Young people category
How to enter
Adults (17 years of age and over)
1. By postal mail
Download the postal entry pdf here or call our office on 01579 347148/ email [email protected] to request an entry form. Once you have received it, post it along with your poems and payment to Emily Goss, Animals Asia Foundation, 3 Ashleigh Meadow, Tregondale Farm, Menheniot, Cornwall, PL14 3RG, United Kingdom.
2. To Enter online
Pay your entry fee online as follows:
Click for entry with one poem £5
Click for entry with two poems £8
Click for entry with three poems £11
Once you make your payment you will receive a PayPal reference number. Add this to your entry form that you can download here
Then email your poems and your completed entry form to Emily
If you run in to difficulties using this method please also email Emily or call her on 01579 347148.
Young People (8 to 16 years of age) Postal entry only Download and complete the children's entry form here and post along with your payment and poems to Emily Goss, Animals Asia Foundation, 3 Ashleigh Meadow, Tregondale Farm, Menheniot, Cornwall, PL14 3RG, United Kingdom.
1. Poems must be original and unpublished.
2. Poems should be written in English and not exceed 30 lines.
3. Each poem must be typed, single-spaced on one side of A4 paper
4. Your poems will be judged anonymously, so do not write your name on the same sheet as your poems.
5. No alterations may be made to a poem once it has been submitted.
6. The titles of poems, name, postal and email address of the poet should be clearly listed on the entry form.
7. Poems should not be a translation of another author’s work.
8. Maximum of three poems per entrant
9. The entry fee is as follows:
Adult (17 and over)
£5 per first poem and £3 per each additional poem (maximum of two additional poems)
Young People(8 -16 )
£3 per first poem and £1 per additional poem (maximum of two additional poems)
10. Due to administrative constraints receipt of entry will only be acknowledged if a stamped, addressed postcard marked ‘Poetry receipt’ is enclosed with the entry. And poems will not be returned so please make sure to keep a copy of your entry.
11. Copyright will remain with the author, but Animals Asia reserves the right to publish any of the submitted poems.
12. The winning poems will be announced at Animals Asia’s gala event in London on 13 June 2013. The short-listed poets will be notified in advance.
13. Neither the judges nor employees of Animals Asia Foundation are eligible to enter the competition.
14. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the results. The poems will not be returned.
15. This competition is only open to residents of the UK.