Roger Stevens is asking for Christmas poems on PoetryZone – “It can be a funny poem about reindeer on the roof, Grandad hanging up his socks for Santa or Mum dropping the Christmas pud. It can be sad. (Not everyone has a happy Christmas. Think about the homeless or refugees.) Or it could be serious. How about writing a prayer for peace? Your poem might be religious – Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus – or about other aspects of the festive season. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, send us a poem about the holidays or all about winter.”
For young people between the ages of 3-18. Details on how to enter here.
Young Poets Network are challenging young poets everywhere to write about trees! They have seven exciting prompts to help inspire your tree-writing.
This challenge is for writers aged up to 25 based anywhere in the world. The deadline is midnight, Sunday 20 January 2019. You can send a poem written down, or a recording as a video or as an audio file, and you can send as many poems as you like.
Young Poets Network have set another poetry competition!
Could you be one of the Bletchley set? Poet So Mayer takes goes into the Bletchley Park archives and invites young poets everywhere to try a number of cleverly coded writing exercises. Write in response to one or more of these, or simply write a poem inspired by the work at Bletchley Park and email Young Poets Network with your work for the chance to be published in an anthology!
Timothy Corsellis was a young poet and pilot killed in 1941. The Prize was set up in his name, with the support of his family, to encourage more people to read the powerful but lesser-known poets of the Second World War.
Choose one or more poet/s and write a poem in response to their life and/or poetry. It can be anything about their life or work, whatever inspires you.
The deadline for entries is Sunday 16 September 2018.
Young Muslim Writers’ Awards have tweeted: If you’re looking for some inspiration for your entry to this year’s Young Muslim Writers Awards, look no further than last year’s anthology to see what made the 2017 shortlist! Don’t forget, competition closes at midnight this Sunday!
If you’re aged 5 to 16, The Young Muslim Writer Awards wants to hear from you! Their judges are looking forward to reading your entries, so submit your story, poem, screenplay, play script or article before 31st July.
Young Poets Network are calling for young poets aged 11-17 to enter the #FoyleYoungPoets of the Year Award before it closes, 4 weeks from today! If you are 11-17 it’s time to get your entry in; if you know a young writer help them get the word out. Entry is free and you could win books, mentoring and more: http://foyleyoungpoets.org
To celebrate W.S. Graham’s centenary, The Poetry Society are searching for poems inspired by his enigmatic and inviting work. Poet Rachael Boast introduces WSG and offers prompts to kick-start your writing in this new challenge.
This challenge is open to all poets up to the age of 25, based anywhere in the world. You can send a poem written down, or a performance poem as a video or as an audio file. Send as many poems as you like. The deadline for all entries is midnight, Sunday 15th July 2018.
Why not enter the Forward/emagazine student critics competition, with separate categories for 14-16 year olds, 16-19 year-olds and teachers? Write a critical or creative response to one of the poems on the Forward Prizes for Poetry shortlist 2018.
Never Such Innocence want to encourage young people to engage with their shared history and heritage, and create their own cultural and artistic legacy to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Together: A UK-German Centenary Project
During this final year of the centenary they are embarking on a youth-centred UK-German creative arts project, inviting schools and educational groups to participate in their project, Together, which provides the opportunity for young people aged 9-16 from the UK and Germany to work in partnership, or independently, to produce poetry, art or songs that are inspired by our shared history: inviting the custodians of the future to draw on the events of the First World War and create messages of hope and unity.
Livecannon are an ensemble performing poetry (from memory) at theatres, festivals and events throughout the UK; recording poetry for radio and CDs; creating poetry installations and digital projects; publishing poetry; and working with young people to create, explore and enjoy poems.
They are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s children’s poetry competition here.
Are you between 11-18 and a budding writer? The University and Young Norfolk Arts Festival are holding a competition inspired by the beautiful Lost Words book by artist Jackie Morris and writer Robert Macfarlane.
To celebrate the work of Charles Causley and to encourage young writers to follow in his footsteps, the Charles Causley Trust is again organising this popular, annual, free to enter competition. It is open to all young people, aged 5-18, living in Cornwall.
A chance to win books and a writing workshop with a professional writer for you and your friends!