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 – you could win a visit from a poet.


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.

A medal for poetry

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

This competition is now closed, but watch out for news of the winners.


ART UK competition

Our competition with ArtUK has now closed. Thank you to all those who entered and watch this space to see the winning entries.


Student Critics competition

The 2017 Student Critics competition has now closed. Watch this space for news of our 2017 winners and sign up to our newsletter to be sent news on the 2018 competition.

Find out more.

Betjeman Prize 2017 competition

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.