So you’ve written a Freedom poem – or two, or five hundred? And you want to share it? Then check out these poetry competitions, contributed by our partners. Great prizes too..
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 including a visit from a National Poetry Day Ambassador.
The competition 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.
Keats-Shelley Young Romantics Prize
Calling all 16-18 year olds to write a poem on Liberty, to mark the anniversary of Shelley’s Prometheus.
First prize: £2,000. Deadline 15 Jan, 2018. No fee to enter.
The chair of this year’s judges is Liz Lochhead.
Visit the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association page for terms and conditions.
Mick Imlah Poetry Prize
The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) welcomes submissions for a new poetry prize, to be judged by Andrew Motion, Alan Jenkins and AE Stallings. The deadline is 13 Oct and there’s a fee of £5 to enter.
Visit Mick Imlah poetry prize for terms and conditions
Never Such Innocence Art and Poetry Competition
Never Such Innocence, the project commemorating the men and women of the Great War has opened its 2017-18 Poetry and Art Competition. It is open to all children aged 9-16, and welcomes poetry and song entries in all languages, and art in any medium. The competition is completely free to enter. Each child receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation for entering, there are prizes up for grabs for pupils and their schools (up to £400), and winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony. The closing date for the competition is Friday 16th March 2018, and winners will be announced in April 2018.
A medal for poetry
Enormous congratulations to Georgia Barham whose inspiring quote from Alice in Wonderland has won our National Poetry Day competition with Cassandra Goad.
Georgia will shortly be receiving a silver pendant engraved with these words from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Thank you to everyone who entered this competition – and well done to all those who made the final five.
ART UK competition
Amani Saeed wins Art Speaks poetry competition with ‘Jesus Christ Goes Clubbing’ inspired by The Disrobing (Despoiling) of Christ (after El Greco) held in Scarborough Art Gallery.
Watch Amani Saeed perform ‘Jesus Christ Goes Clubbing’
To many it is a familiar scenario. Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith’s The Disrobing (Despoiling) of Christ (after El Greco) vividly captures the moment of Jesus’ trial by the Pharisees, just moments before he is stripped and tortured. As the title suggests, Smith’s style and composition of the painting also pays homage to El Greco’s famous The Disrobing of Christ (1577-79) created for the Cathedral of Toledo, where it still hangs.
We were hugely impressed with the quality of the entries. The poet Sarah Howe and Barbara Bleiman and Lucy Webster of the English and Media Centre chose four student winners, four student runners-up and two highly commended teachers.
To read their entries and the judges’ comments, visit the English and Media Centre website
Betjeman Prize 2017 competition
Congratulations to Amineh Abou Kerech of Oxford Spires Academy, Oxford, who was today announced the winner of the Betjeman Poetry Prize 2017 for her poem Lament for Syria, praised by judges Chris Riddell and Rachel Rooney for its vibrancy and immediacy, and for the confidence of expression that provided a window into the poet’s private world, and the world she was describing.
Congratulations too to runners up Daisy Foley and Jemima Webster and to the following young poets who were highly commended: Shanelle Furtado, Sammy Loenhis and Niamh McCarthy. You can read all of their poems on the Betjeman Prize website, and we recommend you have a look.