The Final Year Poetry Competition

Otter Barry Books x
National Poetry Day Competition

Find your voice through poetry.

Otter Barry Books invites you to write a poem about how you can find refuge or a safe place to express yourself in your voice through your writing. Enter your poem by midnight on 16th November 2023 for a chance to win a school assembly visit (online or in-person) from the poet Matt Goodfellow and signed copies of his first verse novel, The Final Year.


Submit your poem by midnight on 16th November 2023

You can enter one poem on the theme of refuge in writing. You can use any form of poetry and your poem can be up to 250 words.



There will be one winner who will win a school assembly visit (online or in-person) by the poet Matt Goodfellow and a signed copy of The Final Year

One runner up will win a signed copy of The Final Year

The school with the most entries will also win a signed copy of The Final Year


The Competition is open to anyone aged 8-11yrs old.



Midnight on Thursday 16th November 2023



Enter the competition via the Otter Barry website here:

Please read the full competition rules on the site before submitting your poem.

Contact of Otter Barry Books PR if you have any questions.

Matt Goodfellow on Refuge and the Competition


Teaching Resource: At the End of the Day

Take refuge with a resource about how picking up a pen can help us all let go.

The Book

The Final Year by Matt Goodfellow is a powerful and lyrical story about finding your place in the world and the people that matter within it. Nate is preparing for the change to secondary school and is ready for it all knowing his best friend, PS, is at his side. But when they are put in two different classes and PS finds a new friend, Nate’s world turns upside down. As he struggles to make sense of this and forge new friendships, he’s dealt another blow when his youngest brother, Dylan is rushed into hospital. His new teacher, Mr Joshua, sees a spark inside of Nate that’s lit by his love of reading and writing and shows him how to use this to process what’s going on.