Competitions for Children and Young People

National Poetry Day The Lost Words Competition 2018

“It was a joy to read these entries. Wow – what vividness of language and vision, what wit, what passion! They lit me up on a bone-damp morning. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to read them, and many thanks to National Poetry Day for running the competition.”

Robert Macfarlane

To celebrate National Poetry Day 2018 we ran a special The Lost Words competition with the support of publisher Hamish Hamilton. We received thousands of entries, wonderful poems from schools and children across the country. Your glorious celebrations of wolves, spiders, sharks, cheetahs, Staffordshire terriers, house sparrows, sea-horses and antelope – even the odd axolotl – reassure us that words about nature, far from being lost forever, can change the way we see the world.

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition.  We can now reveal the winners as chosen by Robert Macfarlane.

The winners are Teigan Flockton for her poem Parrot, and Iona Mandal for her poem Flamingo. Congratulations to both!

Runners up are divided into two categories: in the younger category (7 – 9), Lark Haselden came second with her poem Squirrel, Arthur Bache is third for his poem to a crow, One of a Kind, and Halima Yasir is highly commended for her poem to a honey bee.

In the older age group (10 – 12) Pauline Burrows is second with her poem Weeping Willow, Beatrice Widmer is third for her poem Deer, and Josh Copson is highly commended for his excellent poem on a Rowan tree.

Click on the links to read the winning poems.

Congratulations to everyone who entered, and to all the teachers, staff and parents who ensured the entries reached us. The standard was very high and we enjoyed reading your poems very much indeed. Please download, print out and personalise a special certificate to give to each child who entered a poem into the competition.

If you enjoyed the competition, there’s still time to enter this  Nature Poetry Competition celebrating poetry collection I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree.  Keep writing and illustrating!