Dylan’s Great Poem 2016

Dylan's Great Poem

Cerdd Fawr Dylan 2015

Celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day

Dylan’s Great Poem invites anyone aged between 7 and 25 years old, living anywhere in the world, to submit up to four lines of poetry written in English or Welsh. From these, 100 lines will be chosen to create the Great Poem.

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘hands’, after the Dylan Thomas poem ‘The Hand That Signed The Paper.’


Entries need to be sent via the Developing Dylan 100 website before 12.00 noon on Thursday 5 May.

This year, we have joined forces with Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Selected entrants to Dylan’s Great Poem, who are between 11 and 17 years of age, and living in Wales, will be invited to a poetry writing masterclass to work on entries to the Poetry Society competition.

Dylan’s Great Poem will be edited by Rufus Mufasa and clare e. potter, and will be published online and performed on #DylanDay.

Find the competition posters for download HERE.

You can find creative writing exercises on this year’s theme, ‘hands’, HERE.

For more information contact Literature Wales:

07846484274 / mabananajones@gmail.com

Follow online #GreatPoem #DylanDay

clare e. potter

About clare e. potter

clare e. potter teaches creative writing at Cardiff University. She’s published poetry, prose and non-fiction. She works on collaborative community projects and Llwyn Celyn’s poet-in-residence.

Photo by Opal Turner

Rufus Mufasa

About Rufus Mufasa

Rufus Mufasa is a lyricist, performance art poet and hip hop educator, heavily influenced by Dylan Thomas’ beat poetry. Rufus is a fellow of Barbican London and an activist for community development and social justice through instilling passion for language and literature.