Write a children’s poem – and win £250!

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21 Oct 2020 @ 1.05 pm
| Competition

It’s back! The YorkMix Poems For Children Competition returns with a quest to find the year’s best poems to amuse, excite and inspire children.

Our judge is acclaimed writer Carole Bromley.

The first prize is £250, with runner-up prizes of £100, £50 and £25. At the judge’s discretion, a £50 prize, for the best international entry, may be awarded.

The judge will also award certificates for Highly Commended and Commended poems.

The entry fee is £5 for a single poem, £10 for two or three poems, or £15 for four or five poems.

We acknowledge the hardship resulting from Covid 19 and lockdown. If you are experiencing hardship as a result, and would like a single-poem entry free of charge, please write to the organiser at [email protected] for entry details.

The competition

You may enter as often as you wish.

This is an open competition. Entrants must be 18 or older.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Poems can be any length, on any topic, and for children of any age.

The full rules of the competition are here.

Sources of inspiration

Here’s one of Carole’s own poems from her Blast Off! collection for children (illustrations by Cathy Benson).

If you’re looking for inspiration, there’s more at Carole’s own website.

And there are more ideas at these websites and publishers, suggested by Carole:

About our judge

Carole Bromley

Carole Bromley, an internationally acclaimed poet (and former winner of the prestigious Bridport Poetry Prize), has been a driving force behind York’s lively poetry scene for many years.

She has been shortlisted for the Manchester Writing for Children Award, and highly commended in the Caterpillar competition. Her children’s poems have appeared in, A Poem For Every Night Of The Year (MacMillan), Let In The Stars (MMU) and The Head That Wears A Crown (Emma Press), as well as on the Guardian Children’s Books website.

Her collection for children, Blast Off!, published by Smith/Doorstop, reveals a writer at the peak of her powers, with an ability to speak directly to children on serious and playful topics alike.

As Poet In Residence at YorkMix, Carole launched the first YorkMix Poetry Competition in 2013, acting as its judge for four years, and, in association with the York Literature Festival, helping to guide it into the elite of Britain’s poetry competitions.

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