National Poetry Day Imagine competition

In association with Frances Lincoln and Amnesty International, we are asking children to write a poem inspired by the topic of Freedom, the theme of this year’s National Poetry Day and a theme of John Lennon’s immortal song Imagine, which is being released as a beautiful picture book, illustrated by Jean Jullien.

There are special prizes to be won including a visit from a National Poetry Day ambassador.

The competition is open from 15th August 2017 to Friday 1 st December 2017.

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New competition with the English Media Centre

We are delighted to be launching a new writing competition with the EMC (English & Media Centre) asking young people to respond to poems on the Forward Prizes for poetry shortlist for 2017. There are separate categories for 14-16 year olds, 16-19 year olds and teachers, and the option to write a critical appreciation or a creative response. Sarah Howe and Sarah Crown will be the judges. Each winning student will receive £100 and an invitation to the Forward Prizes ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on 21 September.

Find out more.

The closing date is Monday 11 September.

Our friends the Betjeman Prize have opened their 2017 competition

The 2017 Betjeman prize is open! This year’s judges Chris Riddell and Rachel Rooney are already reading entries to the UK’s top poetry competition for 10-13 year olds. Prizes include £500 to the winner, £500 to the winner’s school, Eurostar tickets and a three-day creative writing camp with a top poet!

Now open. Deadline – Midnight 31st July.

Enter the Betjeman Prize