From a pebbled beach to a stranger's smile, from a sporting milestone to a quiet read, budding writers are invited to reflect on the small observations and achievements of our daily lives which we piece together to celebrate and share our common humanity.
Kate Tempest says: "Music, literature, theatre, film - these things are so important, they bring us together into the same space, they give us ourselves, they bring us to life, they beam our humanity back to us in all its hideous beauty.
"And in these times, with the fear spreading everywhere and the divisions between us deepening daily, we desperately need to remember that we are all part of the same thing."
The annual creative writing competition, produced by Brighton Festival and Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC), encourages young writers to explore the written word from a creative point of view and aims to get young people writing right across Sussex.
The competition asks local poets aged between 8 and 19 years to explore and respond to a specific subject in an imaginative and inventive way.
Pippa Smith, Head of Creative Learning at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival added:
"I'm always taken aback at the number and range of submissions we receive, and this year I hope Kate Tempest's theme of "everyday epic' will inspire our young writers' imaginations to produce some wonderful poetry once again."
The competition is open to residents of Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex. Each budding writer may submit up to three poems with a maximum length of 20 lines per poem.
.The deadline for entries is 5pm on Monday 3 April 2017. Finalists and their friends and relatives will be invited to a reception in Brighton Dome Thursday 25th May 5 pm when the winners of each age category and the BHee prize will be announced.
Entries must be emailed, together with full name, age and date of birth to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Peacock Poetry Prize, Brighton Festival, 12a Pavilion Buildings, Castle Square, Brighton BN1 1EE.