When the AVBOB Poetry Project was first announced on Mandela Day 2017, the hope – though modest and tentative – was that the online poetry competition that was launched two weeks later would provide a significant social resource for all South Africans. This competition was aimed at building a bridge between those who had the words, established and aspiring poets, and those who desperately needed to hear those words, the bereaved.
We write because we seek to brighten up our world when a dark cloud hovers. We write because we want to hold on to the departed, but we also write so that we are able to let go of them, so they too, can continue on their journey. We write in their honor, we write to show, that in the lives they have lived, we have found an abundance of great delight.
The competition is open for all 11 official languages, and open to all irrespective of age, background and race. AVBOB launched a website completely devoted to South African poetry – http://www.avbobpoetry.co.za/. – on 18 July 2017.
All entries stand a chance to win a host of great prizes, including the opportunity to get published in a 100-poem print anthology. So get writing, and start entering. The world is ready to hear your voice.
Power to the poets, power to the people of South Africa. The 2018 AVBOB Poetry Competition runs until 30 November 2018. For more information on the AVBOB poetry competition and how to submit your poem for adjudication, visit http://www.avbobpoetry.co.za/.