ASIBA Poetry Competition
ASIBA Poetry Competition 2021 ‘Masks’
ASIBA is pleased to announce that it is running its sixth annual poetry competition. The 2021 theme is Masks.
The competition is an opportunity to encourage pupils from College (3e) through to Lycée to write a poem of up to twenty lines and/or 160 words in any shape or form on the theme. The initial judging panels will be drawn from teachers in the ASIBA community.
Troisième, Seconde (Junior section)
Première, Terminale (Senior section)
You may enter one poem for every 20 students in 3ème, 2de, 1ère and Terminale in your section. For example, if you have 28 students in Seconde, you can enter one poem at that level. If you have 48 1ère students you can enter two of their poems.
80 poems from 24 ASIBA schools were read by 13 panels of dedicated, volunteer teachers, to select finalists in each category, Junior (troisième /seconde) and Senior (première / terminale).
Dr Celia O’Donovan, Cambridge Inspector for Language and literature once again agreed to judge the competition, selecting four winning poems in both Junior and Senior categories. ASIBA is generously sponsoring eight book prizes this year. Dr O’Donovan remarks:
It really is lovely to see so many young people writing poetry. The entries were of a high standard with some very varied interpretations of the theme of “Green”. It is clear that the topic triggered the creative imagination of the students. Their use of language and imagery was often very mature and as usual the judging was not easy. The winning poems were original, personal and relevant to the theme. They had genuine impact in the way that the images and themes were expressed. Congratulations to all the finalists and to all those who took part this year. Thanks also to all the judges and the organiser for this lovely event again this year.
The annual ASIBA Poetry Competition, open to all students in a British or Anglophone international section, was launched in 2015 around the theme ‘Remembrance’. The theme for 2016 was ‘Bridges’ and in 2017 ‘Persuasion’ was chosen to mark Jane Austen’s bicentenary. The winning poems have been published by ‘The Five One Rev.1ew’ run by former OIB students Olivier and Francois Holmey and can be found at Bridges and Persuasion. The theme in 2018 was ‘Seasons’ and in 2019 ‘Joy’.