Betjeman Poetry Prize Partnership

December 5, 2018

As National Poetry Day celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Betjeman Poetry Prize.

The Betjeman Poetry Prize is a charity working to promote literacy, foster creativity and provide a platform for new voices, via its annual poetry competition plus a creative learning programme in schools and holiday clubs across the UK and Ireland.

“Entering the Betjeman Poetry Prize is the best thing I’ve done since I’ve been in England.”

2017 winner, Syrian refugee Amineh Abou Kerech

The Betjeman Poetry Prize annual creative writing competition inspires children and young people aged 10 – 13 (KS 2&3) to read, write and perform poetry.

We are overjoyed to announce the six finalists of the Betjeman Poetry Prize 2019 who are: Ide Crawford, Lillia Hammond, Emily Hunt, Vlad Mototolea, Fin Perry, and Herbie Wares. 1st and 2nd Place, as well as four Highly Commended prizes will be awarded by Wendy Cope on National Poetry Day, Thursday 3rd Oct. This will take place at St Pancras International, London N1C 4QP. This is a Public event on the Upper Concourse by the John Betjeman statue at 3pm and we welcome you to join us and supports the six young poets. You will be able to hear them read alongside Wendy Cope. The 2019 Betjeman Poetry Prize anthology will also be published on the day and given away free. Please click here to read the finalists’ poems!


For information and queries, poetry resources and applications for poetry workshops at your school or holiday club contact BPP administrator Barbara Doherty on or discover poetry at

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