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Prince William calls for a new generation of war poets

Prince William has launched a national poetry competition to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Created by the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), it also celebrates the creation of a new clinical rehabilitation centre for the Armed Forces.

Named ‘A Poem to Remember’ and inspired by the Great War Poets of the First World War, the competition seeks to discover poetry that reflects on “humankind’s ability to triumph over adversity”.

The winning poem will be chosen by the public and read by the Duke of Cambridge, patron of the campaign, this summer.

Winners will receive £2,000 and their poem will be installed at the DNRC.

Entrants must be aged 17 and over and the competition is free to enter.

Only previously unpublished poems can be submitted, and they should not be more than 25 lines long.

The Duke of Cambridge said: “The centenary year of the end of the First World War is a very appropriate year to be launching a national poetry prize.

“Many of the memories of that conflict, and our understanding of it, have been shaped by the remarkable works of poetry written by those caught up in that struggle.

“I am delighted to help launch this competition to find a new poem that, inspired by those earlier works, will have its own modern-day perspective on service, conflict and humankind’s ability to overcome adversity.”

Dan Snow, chair of judges, said: “I’m delighted to be chairing the judging panel and I’m looking forward to reading [the] entries and discovering some new talent.

“When the new DNRC opens later this year it will play a vital part in helping our seriously injured soldiers, sailors and airmen to deal with adversity and to bounce back.”

The deadline for entries is April 9 and the shortlist will be announced in May.

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