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The LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize 2021

Poetry Prize

Calling All Aspiring Poets!

LoveReading is thrilled to announce the third year of The LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize in association with National Poetry Day. National Poetry Day is the annual mass celebration in October that encourages all to enjoy, discover and share poetry. This year, National Poetry Day will take place on Thursday 7th October.

With the continued backing of National Poetry Day, LoveReading4Kids embarks on its third competition for children ages 7- 11 from across the UK inspired by the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Choice’. The competition is looking for original poems focussed on your poet’s interpretation of the theme.

The winning poet will win a visit to their school from National Poetry Day ambassador and award-winning poet Matt Goodfellow - and £250 of books for their school. Both Winner and Runner Up will also receive a trophy and certificate, a batch of beautiful poetry books thanks to publisher Bloomsbury and an annual subscription to the gorgeous children’s magazine Scoop

The winning and commended poems will also be published on the LoveReading4Kids and LoveReading4Schools websites.

Spread the word and let’s get creating.

Teachers can enter batches of poems from their class or children within the age range can enter individually.

Don’t delay, although you have until the end of the Summer term to support your aspiring poets in creating their masterpieces, get crafting! The LoveReading4Kids team of judges cannot wait to read your young poets’ creations!”

Good Luck!

Here are our Terms and Conditions of entry.

Key Dates

Submissions for the Award will be accepted from 19th April 2021.
The deadline for submissions is 5.30pm GMT on 31st July 2021.
The Shortlist will be announced on 1st September 2021.
The winning poets will be announced on National Poetry Day 2021 – 7th October.

Where Do I Start?

The theme of National Poetry Day 2021 is Choice.

To this end we are inviting you to enter poems about choice.

Hints and Tips

To inspire you, have a watch of this amazing workshop from our friend Joshua Seigal, with tons of hints and tips on how to create the perfect poem. Enjoy!

We share below some hints and tips that you may find useful to read, before putting pen to paper.

  • You can write about an imaginary school or your current school.
  • You can write the poem in your own voice, the voice of a dog or an alien!
  • You can write in free verse or write a poem with repeated patterns running through it, or one with a strict rhythm and rhyme.
  • There are no rules except to base your poem around the theme of “Choice”

There are resources and ideas to prompt children’s poetry writing on the National Poetry Day website www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk

How To Enter

We invite poetry from children living in the UK aged 7-11 (on the submission deadline) written in English.

We are looking for exciting, stimulating, original and beautifully written poems that leave a powerful impression on the reader. You can write in any style and in any length.

Individual Entries

Applicants are invited to enter their submissions via the online entry form.

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/submit-poem-single-entry

Group Entries

If you are a teacher entering a whole class, click here

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/submit-poem-group-entry

Please note incomplete entry forms and poems not submitted in accordance with the entry instructions will unfortunately not be eligible for consideration.

If you have any questions about this submission process email kids@lovereading.co.uk

The Judging Panel and Process

The entries will be judged by our panel. From the entries submitted, the judges will draw up a shortlist of poems, from which they will select the winning entry.

LoveReading reserves the right to increase or reduce the number of entries selected for the longlist and shortlist at their discretion. The judging panel also have the right to call in entries they feel are worthy of entry but have not been submitted.

The judging will be fair and independent. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Our judges are all LoveReading Expert Reviewers and team members and are joined by Monica, Executive Director of Forward Arts Foundation.

Our team of judges will be complemented by a People’s Choice award - a unique opportunity for LoveReading4Kids readers to vote for their favourite poem from the shortlist.

The Award

The winning poet will win a visit to their school from National Poetry Day ambassador and award-winning poet Matt Goodfellow - and £250 of books for their school. Both Winner and Runner Up will also receive a trophy and certificate, a batch of beautiful poetry books thanks to publisher Bloomsbury and an annual subscription to the gorgeous children’s magazine Scoop.

The winning and commended poems will also be published on the LoveReading4Kids and LoveReading4Schools websites.

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

These guidelines must be read thoroughly to check that the author’s work is eligible for submission. Any story submitted is done so on the basis that these Terms and Conditions are accepted.

“Award” means this competition to find the best children’s poem which will be called The LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize 2021. We will also appoint The LoveReading4Kids Poetry Prize – People’s Choice Award 2021.

“Entrant” means all poets, parents and / or teachers submitting an entry either personally or on behalf of/ with the consent of a poet.

The poem must be original and entirely the poet’s own work.

The poem must be submitted in the poet’s own name.

The Award is not open to employees of LoveReading or anyone connected with the Award including direct family members.

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