Time To Enter the Young People's Poetry Competition

Event run as part of the Chiswick Book Festival accepting submissions now

The competition judges from a previous year with Roger McGough
The competition judges from a previous year with Roger McGough. Picture: Jim Cox

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Entries are now open for this year’s Young People’s Poetry Competition, run by the Chiswick Book Festival and sponsored by ChiswickW4.com

Now in its eleventh year, the aim of this free competition is to develop children’s creativity in poetic form. Children may write in English on any theme that they wish.

Poems are read anonymously by a panel of judges including a published poet, teachers and a school librarian, who all have a keen interest in children’s poetry.

The competition is open to children anywhere in the UK aged between 8 and 12 in Years 3 to 7 on the closing date, which is Monday 7 June.

Entries are accepted by email or post from individuals and schools, who may send in poems by up to 30 students. Submissions are limited to one poem per child and must be no longer than 25 lines with a title, be handwritten in ink or typed and submitted with the correct entry form in A4 size.

Full details, poetry writing tips, individual and school entry forms and rules can be found by click here.

There will be a prize-giving ceremony for winners, their families and school staff as part of the Chiswick Book Festival. It will take place on Friday 10 September.

Lucy Chambers, co-ordinator of the CBF Children’s Events, said, “It was wonderful in 2020 to read so many heartfelt and creative poems about the impact of Lockdown and many other themes. You can read the 2020 winning entries on the Chiswick Book Festival website.”

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April 30, 2021

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