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2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize For UK Writers Aged 10-13

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Are you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’ and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2016.

The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize will be judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney.

Founded in 2006, on the centenary of former poet laureate Sir John Betjeman’s birth, the Betjeman Poetry Prize is a charity in the education sector working with partners across the United Kingdom to promote literacy, foster creativity and provide a platform for new voices from the next generation.

The top fifty poems will be printed in the BPP 2017 anthology. Six short-listed poets will be invited with their families and teachers to a prize giving on National Poetry Day, 28th September, in St Pancras Station, London, where the winner will be announced. The winning poet will receive £1000 (£500 for their school), Eurostar tickets and will be crowned St Pancras Laureate for twelve months. All six finalists are invited on a 3-day poetry workshop in Spring 2018. Every teacher who sends in the entries from their class will be entered in a draw to win a poet visit for the school.

Find out more at www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk


  1. The winner receives £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school). Home educated pupils should nominate their local library as the prize recipient. The two runners up receive £50 each. The top three poets each receive four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille. Highly commended entrants receive a book token. All six finalists are invited on a poetry workshop. The top 50 poems are printed in our annual anthology.

Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit

2  Students are invited to write a poem on the theme of ‘place’. They can choose anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to a larger landscape, from their local park to their favourite building. The subject of their poem could be a city, a garden, a beach or a street – whatever moves them to write. 

3  Each poem must be given a title.

4  Entries may be handwritten (legible, please) or typed.

5  Entrants must be UK residents.

6  All poems must be original, the entrant’s own work, and must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or broadcast (except in an individual school magazine).

7  All entries sent in by post must be attached to the completed entry form. For teachers entering more than one pupil, one entry form per class will be accepted.

8  Entrants must ensure that they keep a copy of their poem as poems cannot be returned. For administrative reasons entries cannot be acknowledged.

9  The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, by entering the competition, authors of the winning poems grant the organisers of the Betjeman Poetry Prize the right to publish and/or broadcast their poems and/or use them in promotional displays.

10  Poems must be received by midnight on 31st July.

11  The judges’ decisions are final.


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