Check out these poetry competitions, contributed by our partners to inspire your creative writing, and help you get into the National Poetry Day mood. Great prizes too: win a visit from a poet, a medal, or even a cheque for £500.

A medal for poetry

The jeweller Cassandra Goad is giving away a silver quote pendant engraved with your favourite line of poetry relating to this year’s National Poetry Day theme of Freedom.

For your chance to win just submit a line you love – either from an existing published poem or of your own composition here.


ART UK competition

Young poets aged 13-24. Win £500 for your poem about a picture, thanks to ART UK.  Deadline is 28 August and the details are all here. Judges include Jacob Sam-La Rose, Sabrina Mahfouz, Anthony Anaxagorou and Sophia Thakur.

For full competition entry details visit the ArtUK website.

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 opens on 15th August 2017 and runs to Friday 1st December 2017.

Download the competition entry form and associated teaching resources and introduce your class to ideas of rights and freedoms.

Student Critics competition

Calling teachers and students who like a critical/creative challenge. With our partners the EMC (English & Media Centre)  we are inviting responses to poems on the 2017 Forward Prizes shortlist. There are separate categories for 14-16 year olds, 16-19 year olds and teachers: you can choose to submit either a critical appreciation or a creative response. Sarah Howe and Sarah Crown will be the judges. £100 prizes for the winners, plus invitations to the Forward Prizes ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall on 21 September.

The closing date is Monday 11 September.

Find out more.

Betjeman Prize 2017 competition open

The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize has now closed. Good luck to all those who entered! We look forward to hearing what judges Chris Riddell and Rachel Rooney make of the entries. Meanwhile, find out more about the Betjeman Prize.