Competitions & awards

National Poetry Day schools competition

WIN a National Poetry Day schools kit – posters, badges and books

In schools all over the country it’s the day when poetry breaks out of the classroom into the corridors, the canteen, the sports field, and beyond.

To kick-start the countdown, we’re offering schools all over the UK the chance to win a special National Poetry Day schools kit to help you prepare for the big day.

Each kit contains six National Poetry Day posters, 30 “say it with a poem” badges, 3 tote bags, and £50 worth of poetry books.

How to enter:

We want to hear what outlandish plans you have to mark the day. In the past, we’ve heard of schools giving poems to passers-by, dinner ladies giving free biscuits to pupils who read them a poem, schools appointing poetry police to arrest pupils who aren’t carrying a poem at all times…

Email us a short overview of YOUR plans with a photo or video that gives a taste of what’s in store to In your email, please include your full name, school details, contact number, and Twitter handle (if you have one).

Entries close at midnight on Friday 16 September 2016. Please see full Terms & Conditions.

Spread the word:

Share this competition with teachers, school staff and parents – the more entries for your school the more chances of winning!





Betjeman Poetry Prize
Betjeman prize logo for competiton page

Calling young poets everywhere aged 10-13! Write a poem on the theme of place and win wonderful prizes. The Betjeman Poetry Prize deadline is on 31st July 2015.

If you need inspiration, head over to the Betjeman website now. Kate Clanchy’s Tips for Young Poets will help you unlock the poet in you, and Indigo Williams’ Betjeman Prompts will give you some invaluable step by step guidance.





Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Foyle 2016 TPS web graphic CMYKThe Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and entry is completely FREE. Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from publication to a residential writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. The Poetry Society also continues to support winners’ development with performance, publication and internship opportunities.

Enter your poems by 31 July for your chance to win.





The Poetry Society Members’ Poetry Competition

The Poetry Society members’ poetry competition is open to all members of the Society.

The competition theme ‘Messages’, and the judge is Helen Farish. Helen’s collections include Intimates (Cape, 2005) and Nocturnes at Nohant (Bloodaxe, 2012). She won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and has been a PBS Recommendation.

Deadline for entries is 8th August 2016. For more details visit: