Poetry Prize 2015
Write a short poem about reading and books and it could be used to inspire children across the country!
All forms of poetry are accepted, from sonnets to free verse to rap. Send us your poems inspired by reading and literature, and one of them could feature in a poster campaign in schools across the UK.
The prize also includes:
A brand new iPad
£250 of Bloomsbury titles
A framed copy of the finished poster featuring your poem
Exclusive celebration event to reveal the prize-winner
Two runners-up will also be chosen, and all short-listed poets will be invited to the celebration event.
Submit your poetry by midnight on 31 August 2015 for your chance to win. Please note this competition is open to all aged 16+.
100% of entry fees go towards the work of the National Literacy Trust empowering children and young people by giving them the skills they need to succeed.
Your poem should be:
Up to 16 lines long
Written in English or Welsh (with an English translation, please), although translations are welcome
Based on the themes of reading and literature
Written in any form: limericks, odes, performance poems, haikus and everything in between!
How to enter
All entries must be paid for BEFORE submission. Pay for your entry now.
Entries cost £8 for your first entry, and £4 for any additional entries (you will be sent a code for this discount once you've paid for your first entry).
Entries must be submitted via the online form.
Entrants must be aged 16+.
Entrants must submit a 2 to 16 line poem aimed at children and young people, on the themes of reading and/or literature.
Entries must be submitted by 23.59 on 31 August 2015.
Multiple entries from the same author are permitted.
The winner will be selected from the short-list by a judging panel of:
Tony Bradman, award-winning writer and co-author of the Space School series for A&C Black
Sarah Crossan, children's poet and author of The Weight of Water
Hannah Rolls, Bloomsbury Commissioning Editor
Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust Director
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