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.
Details and list of poems here.
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.
The competition is open to any writer aged 11-17 on the deadline of midnight (BST) 31 July 2018. Entries must be written in English and it is completely FREE to enter.
More details here:
If you’re aged 5 – 16, Young Muslim Writers Awards wants to hear from you!
Last year I helped judge one of the age-groups in the poetry section of this competition and it was an absolute pleasure.
Closing date 31st July 2018.
Are you a young poet? Do you know a young poet?
The Young Poets Network is calling all young poets and poetry-lovers aged 11-17 to give their opinions on poetry, by filling in a survey by 21st of May.
You could win a bundle of poetry books!
Here’s the link.
Hidden in the A-Z of Best Children’s Poets there are FOUR poets who don’t exist – their names are the anagrams of real poets on the list, each of whom have written a false bio and a poem for their alter-ego! Guess all four and you stand a chance of winning Apes to Zebras, An A-Z of Shape Poems by Liz Brownlee, Sue Hardy-Dawson and Roger Stevens.
At the end of the A-Z send your entries to poetryfunfactory @ gmail.com. Include your name, the answers, email address and U.K. address. The competition closes on 12 May. Judgement is final. The winner will be informed by email and the result posted here.
The Never Such Innocence Poetry, Art & Song competition is open to everyone aged 9-16. You can enter individually, or submit multiple entries using their easy online form or you can post your entry.
But there’s only 3 days to go, so get writing a poem inspired by the First World War.
A US blog about introducing poetry to young people by Julie Bogart.
With tips, poems, stories and resources.
A sound file of Helena Bonham Carter reading ‘Battle of the Sexes‘ from Reaching the Stars, Poems about Extraordinary Women and Girls, by Liz Brownlee, Jan Dean and Michaela Morgan, and A Poem for Every Day of the Year ed. by Allie Esiri.
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.
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 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.