Young writer launches poetry competition

• By Rosalia David

A 21-year-old International University of Management (IUM) Electronics and Technical engineering student and poetess Rosalinde Kambonde has launched a poetry competition which will allow the overall winner to walk away with a cash prize of N$1 000.

In an interview with Confidente, Kambonde said the competition is to instil back hope amongst those in the poetry business as it is starting to die out.

“I just want my peers to benefit from their art and be able to make a little something even if it is a once off prize, it will make a small difference. Writing is overlooked and it is up to us to inspire ourselves,” she said.

Poets interested in entering the competition are encouraged to submit their unpublished pieces of work written in the last 11 months, with a registration fee of N.
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Kambonde said the N$50 submission fee will be put together and make up a good figure to award the first, second and third place winners’ cash prizes.

“I was thinking all we do is call for poets to submit their poems, that’s written for the very first time, never published before, they send via email for entry and we look for the best three and award them. I am sure they are a lot out there. The winning prize might change if we manage to collect enough funds,” she added.

Kambonde said her dream was to always make a difference in society as she has experienced some harsh realities in her life, adding that writing helps her during difficult times.

Interested candidates are advised to submit their body of work to before November 5.

Due to her love for poems, the 21-year-old said she is working on a book; a combination of different poems she has written over the years.
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Although the writing process is completed, Kambonde said funds to publish the book remain a prevailing challenge.