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Food! Farms! Community !  What Future? - A Competition  for young people and school children.


Can you write a rhyming poem, haiku, lyric, shape poem, rap or acrostic poem to show how you feel about yourself, your community, the food you eat and your future? Poems can be up to 20 lines long. Don’t want to write a poem? No problem. Write a diary entry, short story or reflection (up to 300 words). More artist than author? Then draw your vision of Food! Farming! Community! What Future. The competition is open to school, clubs and organisations from the East Midlands, alongside our sister projects in Kenya, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

 Each entrant will be allocated a tree in Farmeco in their name!

There are prizes for the winners and their schools, to include family day passes and class or group trips to Farmeco.

 The winners will be published in an anthology celebrating the thoughts, dreams and concerns of multicultural communities around the world.

Closing date 24th July 2019 

Winners announced by 9th September 2019

Anthology to be published in December 2019

Judging will be in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature.

There will be a display and reading at our local farming show, Flintham Ploughing Match, on September 26th. Schools & families are invited to attend.


 Competition Rules

 Entrants are invited from the following age groups

  • Ages 5 to 7
  • Ages 8 to 11
  • Ages 11 to 15
  • Ages 15 to 18
  • Ages 19 to 26


 Writing Competition

Ages 5-7 may submit a piece of artwork or writing

Ages 8 to 26 may submit a 20-line (max) poem or 300-word (max) piece of writing.

There is no minimum length of poem or writing

 Artwork Competition

Ages 8 to 26 years may submit a piece of artwork (in addition to the written entry)

Prizes for each age group (writing competition)

  • First, second, third place and fourth-place submissions will be published in the anthology
  • First-place winners will be invited to bring their class, or group to Farmeco for a special visit
  • First-place winners will be awarded a family pass to Farmeco

Format of submissions

Entries may be scanned (300 dpi or printer preference) and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Alternatively, post to: Farmeco Competition, Home Farm, Car Colston Road, Screveton, Nottingham, NG13 8JL


  • Only one entry per competition. Entrants can enter both the writing and artwork competition
  • Entries must be on the subject of, Food! Farms! Community! What Future? However, entrants can interpret this in any way they wish
  • Collaborations between authors writers and artists welcomed
  • Entrants must be in the specified age range for the category they are submitting for on 24th July 2019
  • An amanuensis is permitted if this is normal practice of the entrant
  • Each piece of work must be original work of the artist or author and must not have been published or broadcast elsewhere, including on a website
  • Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form including the entrant's name, age and school/club/organisation
  • Entries can be written in another language but must be accompanied by a written translation
  • The judges’ decisions are final, and correspondence will not be entered into
  • The judges may decide that some anthology submissions would benefit from minimal editing. It is assumed that authors agree to engage in this process if they submit their entries.
  • The copyright of each piece of writing or artwork remains with the author or artist, respectively. Entrants will grant Farmeco permission to publish or broadcast their submissions for a period of one year from 9th September 2019. This includes, be is not limited to, the Farmeco website and publicity for future competitions
  • The parents/guardians entrants can choose to anonymise their child’s anthology entry, or any entry published or broadcast by Farmeco for any reason
  • Should an entrant be attending a new school/club/organisation on 9th September 2019, the class/group visit will be allocated to the school/club/organisation the entrant attended at the time of submission. The family pass will remain with the winning entrant
  • No information regarding any entrant, including but not limited to, name, age, school/club/organisation will be retained after publication of the anthology
  • Photographs will only be taken and used for publicity with the parents/guardians written permission


Should you have any questions, please contact David Rose on 0785525251 or email via  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.