The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2024 | Magazine | Writing Competitions
Caterpillar Poetry Prize


Competition deadline: 31st March 2024

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is for unpublished poems, written by an adult for children aged 7–11.

The prize consists of a 1st prize of €1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France, a 2nd prize of €500 and a 3rd prize of €250.

Entrants are welcome from anywhere in the world. There is an entry fee of €15 per poem.

This year’s judge is Joseph Coelho. The winning poems will be published in the Irish Times online.

Joseph Coelho is Children’s Laureate in the UK. He started out as a performance poet and is committed to making the reading and writing of poetry accessible to all. He has said that poetry is often what people turn to in times of need, ‘because we instinctively know, deep down in our core, that poetry transcends.’

Competition Rules: The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2024
  • Closing date for receipt of entries is 31 March 2024.
  • The name of the author must not appear on the same page as the poem.
  • It’s not a requirement, but we strongly advise you to purchase a copy of The Caterpillar.
  • Entries must be in English, typed, with each entry on a new sheet.
  • Entries will not be returned, so make sure you keep a copy.
  • No corrections can be made after receipt, or fees refunded.


  • The Prize is open to anyone over the age of 16.
  • Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published online or broadcast.
  • You can enter as as many poems as you like.
  • There is no line limit. 


  • Entry fee is €15 per poem 
  • Online payment should be made to via PayPal through our online payment system.
  • Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’, with the sender’s name and address on the back.
  • We can only accept postal orders from Ireland.
  • Postal entries can also be paid in cash (either in US dollars, Sterling or Euros at the current exchange rate).

Receipt of entry

  • Enclose a stamped addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you require acknowledgement of receipt of your postal entry (include international reply coupon if entering from overseas).
  • Online entries are confirmed by the email receipt of your payment to PayPal.


  • Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but The Caterpillar will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems on the Irish Times onlineand any relevant promotional material.


  • All entrants to the competition, including those who have not been successful, will be notified by email by 30 April 2024.  
  • The winner will be announced in June 


  • The judge is Joseph Coelho. His decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.


  • 1st prize €1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse, 2nd prize €500, 3rd prize €250. Some poems may be commended, at judge’s discretion.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules. Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.

Print ENTRY FORM, fill in and then post with fee and entry to:

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize

c/o The Moth

Ardan Grange



Co. Cavan



Good luck!

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