Education

Competitions for Children and Young People

A Poem for Europe Younger Poets Competition

First prize £500

Open to all those aged 16 – 25 on 31 July 2019.

A new national competition to find the most thoughtful and inspiring poem about Europe. Entrants are invited to share their emotions about Europe and its future by writing a poem (maximum length of 32 lines) expressing them.

All poets on the short list will be invited to read their poems before the prize giving. Shortlisted poems will be published online and in print too. The winners will be announced in October.

Deadline: 31st July 2019

Entry fee: £3

For further details, rules and entry forms visit www.apoemforeurope.org

Wells Festival of Literature’s Young Poets Competition

This year’s Young Poets judge is Miriam Nash.

Open to all those aged 16 – 22 on 30th June 2019.

Prize giving will be on Sunday 20th October 2019 during the Wells Festival of Literature. First prize £150, Second £75, Third £50. All poets on the short list will be invited to read their poems before the prize giving. The winners will be announced on 20th October.

Deadline: 30th June 2019

Entry fee: £3

For further details, rules and entry forms visit www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk.

Betjeman Poetry Prize 2019

The Betjeman Poetry Prize annual creative writing competition inspires children and young people to read, write and perform poetry. The competition is open to 10-13 year olds in the UK and Ireland, who are invited to write a poem on the theme of ‘place’.

Deadline: 31st July 2019

You can find more information on how to enter on our Betjeman Poetry Prize page.

Keats Young Poets & Artists Competition

200 years ago, John Keats was inspired to write his best–loved poem To Autumn during a visit to Winchester. Now you can be inspired by Keats! We invite you to write a poem or create a picture  celebrating the theme ‘The Seasons in Hampshire’.

Open to young people across Hampshire in three age categories: 4-7 years, 8-11 years, 12-16 years. For more information on entering and the prizes, please visit the website.

Closing date: Wednesday 31 July 2019

An exhibition of entries selected for judging will take place at City Museum, The Square Winchester, 13 – 29 September 2019.

The winners and runners-up will be announced at an awards ceremony at City Museum on Sunday 29 September.