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The John Betjeman poetry competition for young people 2012 on Young Authors and Artists Group. The competition is open to 10-13 year-olds in the UK and the Republic of Ireland until a closing date of 31st July.

The judges are the poet Grace Nichols and the author and journalist Andrew Martin.

The first prize is £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school or local library).

The winning school and the school that generates the most number of entries will win poet visits.  There are also Eurostar tickets and book tokens for winning entries.  Each child is invited to send in (by post or online) one poem on the theme of ‘place’.  They can choose anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to somewhere they visited on holiday, from their favourite park to their favourite building.   The subject of their poem could be a city or a garden or a beach or a street.  We are asking them to capture in words what that place means to them.

Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience of judges, entrants, teachers and parents as well as sponsors and press, at a prize giving held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4th October, on the upper concourse of St Pancras International, next to the bronze statue of Sir John Betjeman by Martin Jennings.  This year the prize of £1000 will be presented by an emcee (to be announced shortly) and Grace Nichols will read some of her poems.

Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience at an awards ceremony held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4th October,  on the upper concourse of St Pancras International, next to the bronze statue of Sir John Betjeman.

The competition is free to enter and online entry form can be found at our website http://www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com . Poems can also be sent via the post and should be addressed to: The John Betjeman children’s poetry competition, PO BOX3770, Royal Mail, Swan Lane, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7JB.

Good Luck,


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Sponsored by Winning Writers. No entry fee. Deadline is April 1.


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Every Month David L Harrison puts out a Word of The Month and young adults and adults submit their poems.  At the end of month the winners are announced.  Due to the holidays, we are just posting the winners from Mr. Harrison’s November Contest.  Tomorrow we will post the second place winner, so please stop back.  The word for the month was Thankful. 


Everyday I wake
I give thanks
To see the sun rise
I give thanks
For a family that is wise
I give thanks
Life, health, and strength
Nothing but thanks
To the one up above

By La’ Joi Word
Crescent City Jr Sr High School
10th Grade
Crescent City, FL
Teacher: Lisa Martino

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Claremont Review Contest

The Claremont Review offers an annual contest for fiction or poetry for young people 13-19.

There are over $2000 in prizes.  Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2011.

Details are available here:  http://www.theclaremontreview.ca/annual_contest.htm

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River of Words Poetry Contest

Entries may be sent in at any time throughout the year, but no response will be sent until after the yearly contest deadline .

  • The contest is open to youth who are age 5-19, on the December 1st deadline date. Youth older than 19 who are still enrolled in high school are eligible, but college students, even if 19 or younger, are not. Entrants need not submit work through their school; individual submissions are also accepted (Please see Frequently Asked Questions for clarification on these categories).
  • Youth may enter the contest as many times as they like, but a separate entry form must be completed for each submission. Teachers should send all the entries from their classes together in one (or several, if needed) envelopes. Do not have each student mail their entry separately.
  • NEW REQUIREMENT! Teachers/facilitators, please complete a Facilitator Form along with your entries, as well as a typed list of the names of all entrants in your class!
  • All entrants will be acknowledged with a Watershed Explorer Certificate.

See details here:  River of Words Contest.

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3d clown - puppet, juggling with color ballsWriting poems is a lot like juggling – you have to remember to do so many things all at one time. If you are writing a rhyming poem, Rhyme Zone can definitely help.


It is an online rhyming dictionary that gives rhymes by number of syllables and indicates the more common rhymes.

You can also find synonyms, definitions, and much more.  Check it out.

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Like Poetry?

Have you been to Poet David L. Harrison’s website?

He’s the author of more than 70 books, and he has a regular poetry contest for kids.

Check out his website:  http://www.davidlharrison.com/

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