Chrissie Gittins will judge The 2018 Caterpillar Poetry Prize.
Hooray! The 2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open for entries!
Young poets, aged 10-13, let your imagination run wild on the theme of ‘place’.
Poem deadline is midnight, July 31, 2018
Details here: Betjeman Poetry Prize.
Children! School teachers! Live Canon have a Children’s Poetry Competition for young people aged 5-18 – the deadline is January 21st, 2018.
Entries are judged in four categories by school year: years 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-13.
Poems can be entered by individuals, or by schools.
100 winning poems will be published in their 2018 children’s anthology and all contributors will receive a complimentary copy. The winner in each age category will receive a £50 book token. There’s also a prize for the school who send the best set of entries.
Details here: Live Canon Poetry Competition
Roger Stevens’ excellent PoetryZone has a new competition – Write a Poem for Christmas.
It can be a funny, sad or serious poem. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, send a poem about the holidays, or about winter.
Poems can be long, short, rhyming or non-rhyming, and in any style. You may enter as many poems as you like. But remember, Roger is looking for originality.
Three winners aged 7 and under will win copies of Joshua Seigal’s Little Lemur Laughing Three winners aged 8 or over will win copies of Joshua Seigal’s I Don’t Like Poetry.
All the details here on PoetryZone. Get writing!
If you are aged 5 to 18 and are excited by a chance to spread the Christmas spirit with poetry, World Book Day can’t wait to hear from you. They would like you to write a 12 line (for the 12 days of Christmas) poem.
The poem must be connected to the theme of Christmas but you can write about the season in any way you like; putting up the Christmas tree, doing the nativity at school or watching the Doctor Who Christmas special!
Details are here.
The Poetry Society’s education team supports teachers and young people to discover and create great writing.
Enter their new competition – win £200 worth of books for your school by recording a pupil reading a Michael Rosen poem aloud!
Teachers, educators, parents, opportunity for your schools and young people!
The Poetry Society’s Young People’s Network have set a Riddle Me This Poetry Challenge, to mark the 80th anniversary of the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
The Sunday Mail and Tunnock’s are looking for young poets to create sonnets on the back of a caramel wafer wrapper, that could win them and their class a VIP tour of Tunnock’s famous factory.
Details here: Daily Record.
Could you be a Youth Slam star? If you think you can, then enter The Poetry Society’s competition, judged by Sabrina Mahfouz.
The 6 UK youth winners will share the slam stage Sabrina Mahfouz.
You have until September 30th at midnight, so “Pick up your pen, pick up your mouth, and start making sense.”
All details here: The Poetry Society.
Never Such Innocence invites all 9-16 year olds to send poems or artwork inspired by the events of the First World War.
Never Such Innocence publishes a resource to stimulate responses to the competition – it provides an overview of the Great War and is split into sections. The resource is free to download and they will post copies to your school free of charge!
Details here: Never such Innocence.
Why not write poems on the theme of Freedom and combine it with National Poetry Day?
The Young Poets Network’s Zainab Ismail is asking for young poets up to 14 to play with shape and pour them a concrete/shape poem.
Details here: Young Poets Network.
Poetry on Loan – West Midlands poetry competition 2017
If you live, study or work regularly in the West Midlands, you are eligible to enter this competition.
Details here: Poetry On Loan
Art Speaks – the competiton.
13 – 24 year olds – Art UK and National Poetry Day want you to look at the nation’s art in an entirely different way – find a painting on Art UK that inspires you to create a brand new poem.
Then upload a film of yourself to YouTube, reciting your original poem – it doesn’t need to be a high quality film: phone or laptop will be fine.
Details here: Art Speaks.