Reflecting on Nature - 25 May 2019 

Judging & Competition Rules

Poetry Festival Singapore and the National Parks Board, organisers of the Reflecting on Nature: On-the-Spot Poetry Competition (the “Competition”) invite aspiring poets from Primary 4 to 6 to join us for a writing workshop and competition themed around the topic of nature. Selected participants (the “Participant”) will learn to express their experiences with nature through poetry during this workshop, and will be given time to develop their own original work. Their poem will be submitted for the Competition with attractive prizes to be won.


Key Information:

Language: English

Poem Length: From 3 to 14 lines (written with writing prompts that will be provided)

Registration Deadline: 9 May 2019 (Thursday)

Selected application informed by: 13 May 2019 (Monday)

Workshop & Competition Date: 25 May 2019 (Saturday)

Venue: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens


Application Process:

  • Entry forms should be completed online via this online form.

  • Entry forms must be accompanied by a written work of the Participant, which can be in the form of an essay or poem. This submission will help us in the selection process. Please prepare prior to online registration


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The top three winning entries will be selected on the basis of merit and announced by a judging panel on the day of the competition (25 May 2019). There may also be consolation prizes awarded to deserving entries. Winning entries may be featured on poetry walls in public parks as well as published in an anthology.


Competition (25 May 2019) Rules 

  1. The closing date for registration is 9 May 2019. Registration must be completed online via this form.

  2. Entries must be written in English.

  3. All poems must have a title and be from 3 to 14 lines in length (excluding title).

  4. Entries must be written based on prompts provided.

  5. All entries will be evaluated anonymously by a judging panel.

  6. Entries must be accompanied by a duly completed entry form.

  7. Entries will not be returned.

  8. Under no circumstances can changes be made to poems once submitted.

  9. The organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, no entry deserves a prize.

  10. The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entertained by the judges and the organisers regarding the judges’ decision.

  11. Relatives of current members or staff of the Poetry Festival Singapore or the National Parks Board are not eligible to enter the Competition. The organisers reserve the sole and absolute discretion to exclude or disqualify any Participant and/or entry from the Competition.

  12. Poems must be the original work of the Participant.

  13. Entries should be written on A4 paper. Poems may span two pages but pages must not be double-sided. Entries can be double- or single-spaced. Please do not staple pages. 

  14. Prize winners will be notified on the day of competition.

  15. The Participant retains full copyright of the poem entered for the Competition.

  16. Participants grant the organisers a non-exclusive, royalty-free and transferable right for a period of three years from 25 May 2019 to use, reproduce, publish, publicly display, broadcast, print, sell or distribute all poems submitted for the Competition in any media format and any media channels without obtaining further prior permission or providing payment of any fees or royalty to the Participant.

  17. A breach of any of the rules above may result, at the discretion of the organisers, in disqualification from the Competition.

  18. To contact us, please email to

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