Poems For Children Competition 2019: The longlist

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1 Jul 2019 @ 8.46 am
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Who will be crowned our champion author of Poems For Children?

A total of 560 poems were submitted by 225 different poets since our competition launched in April.

The judge, Carole Bromley, YorkMix‘s poet in residence, has now selected her Longlist of poems.

A total of 77 poems by 54 poets have made it to Carole’s Longlist. The list includes ten poets from the YO postcode area, and six writers from outside the UK.

In the next few days, Carole will whittle her selections down to 40 poems, which will appear in YorkMix around mid-month.

The winners – including the overall winner, who will receive a prize of £250 – will be announced at an afternoon prize-giving event at York Explore Library on Saturday, August 17.

After publication of the shortlist, prizewinners, highly commended and commended poets will be contacted by the organisers by email.

Here is an alphabetic list of the poets who made it to the Longlist. Poets whose names are asterisked have more than one poem in the list.
The list is followed by an alphabetic list of the selected poems.

Poems For Children Longlist 2019

Poets B-D

Stephen Bastable,York
Harry Bayman, York
Melanie Branton,
Weston-super-Mare, N. Somerset
Jane Burn, Leadgate, Co. Durham
Fiona Calvert, York
Richard Carpenter, Strensall, York
Geraldine Clarkson,
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
June Crebbin*,
Birstall, Leicester
Janet Dean, York
Geraldine Durrant, East Grinstead, W.Sussex


Tim Fellows, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Paul Francis, Much Wenlock, Shropshire
Daniel Galef, Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Chrissie Gittins,
Forest Hill, London SE
Susan Glickman*, Toronto, Canada
Matt Goodfellow*, Cheadle, Cheshire
Jeremy Grant, Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire
Gene Groves, Morpeth, Northumberland
Sandra Horn*, Southampton
Jonathan Humble, Kendal, Cumbria


Sally Ingham, Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia
Lucy Ingrams, Oxford
Peter Iveson, Salisbury, Wilts
Will Kemp, Saxton, N Yorks
Nicky Kippax, York
Jane Kite, Otley, W Yorks
Joanne Lloyd, Wolverhampton, W Midlands
Sarah Magill, Berlin, Germany
Lorraine Mariner, Upminster, Essex
David Medd, Rothbury, Northumberland
Laura Mucha*, North London
Mo O’Hara, London SE.


Alan Payne*, Sheffield, S.Yorks
Heather Reid*, Abernethy, Perth, Scotland
Shauna Darling Robertson*, Frome, Somerset
Miles Salter, York
Robert Schechter*, Huntington Station, NY, USA
Claire Schlinkert, London SW
Joanna Sedgwick, Otley, W Yorks
Michael Shann, London E
Jayne Shipley, Scarborough, N Yorks
Aileen Shirra*, Cumbernauld, Scotland
Juliet Taylor, Witney, Oxfordshire
Angela Topping, London NW


Philip Waddell*, Tetsworth, Oxfordshire
Philip Waines, York
Kate Wakeling*, Oxford
Rob Walton, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear
Stephanie Ward, London NW
Zaro Weil, Sauve, Gard, France
Richard Westcott, South Molton, Devon
Stephen Whiteside, Northcote, Victoria, Australia
Stephen Williams*, Appleton Roebuck, York
Sarah Ziman*, Leavesden, Herts

*Poet with more than one longlisted poem

Poem titles A-C

A Change Is As Good As A Rest
A Diplodocus Thumbs A Lift After Being Retired From The Natural History Museum
A Song For Jimmy Dyer
A Special Badger
Action Man
Ada (The Aardvark) Eats Ants
Beyond Compare
Billy And The Snail
Birthday List
Bogie Toad
Cat Astrophe
Centuries Of Questionable Kings
Chess Club
Christmas On The Doorstep
Clapping Rhyme
Cloud Song
Compliments Of Shakespeare


Dinosaurs For Dinner
Dumb Bear
Fabulous Five
First Dolphin In Space
Grandad’s Going Fishing
Grandpa’s Pen
Grim Fairy Tales
I Wannaby
Ice-Cream For Breakfast
Love Birds


Me And The Apatosaurus
Night Out
On The Level
Packed Lunch
Parents Evening
Pet Peeve
Sick Note
Sing A Song Of Winter


The Daddy Monster
The Donkey With Two Left Feet
The Emoji
The Fib
The Golden Rules (Of Canine Behaviour)
The Museum Of Chairs
The Ogre And The Witch
The Poetry Guerrilla
The Rapper
The School For Ghouls
The Sky Is The Colour Of Grandma’s Hair
The Spider Crab And The Ghost Net
The Way Gulls Dissolve Into Sky
There Is Always One
There Was A Young Lady Called Betty
This Poem
This Poem Is New
Three Little Pigs
Tyrannosaurus Vexed
Uncle Budge
Viking Visitor
We Are Friends
We Built Another World
What’s Mine
You Can’t Teach Your Nana Eggy Sucky