Are you a poet? Do you like cricket? If so, then the Cricket Poetry Award may be within your grasp.
This annual competition is seeking poems that depict life in and around cricket as a game or sport, whether the setting be a backyard, a beach or street, a local park or a cricket club. Poems can be of any genre. They can tell a story, send things up, celebrate the lyrical experience of leather upon willow under the Australian sky or mourn the passing of the greats. The winner will take home $2000.
Last year's winner was 'Boxing Day Test' by Cecilia White. To get an idea of the calibre of entries, see last year's top 20 here. Competitors can submit one entry only, and poems must be no longer than 150 words.
The 2012 award judges are Ian Painter and Fonda Zenofon. The closing date for entries is Friday, 31 August.
The Cricket Poetry Award is run in conjunction with the Cricket Art Prize and the winner will be announced at the Art Prize's opening event, to be held at the Members' Pavilion, Sydney Cricket Ground, on 4 October. Click here for an entry form.