As I’m Writer in Residence at St Gregory’s Catholic College this year, I’m keeping this page updated with a list of competitions and organisations which might be of interest to writers of school age – 5 to 18. Please add further suggestions in the comments section.
Writing competitions now open:
The Armistice 100 Prize for Schools Poetry Competition. Poems on the theme of ‘Armistice’. Generous cash prizes and publication in an anthology. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on the judging panel. Deadline 8 June 2018.
A new COMPETITION for SOMERSET YOUNG POETS.
Taunton’s Fire River Poets, in partnership with Arts Council England, Somerset Live and Pizza Expressinvites young poets to enter the Young Poets Competition as part of the Taunton Live Arts Festival in July, 2018.
Theme: ‘WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE’
Deadline: 23rd June. Entry is Free.
Prize giving: Taunton Library 5-7 pm Wednesday 18th July (as part of Taunton Live arts awards prize-giving ceremony). More details and how to apply here.
The Betjeman Poetry Prize is now open to poets aged 10 – 13 for poems on the theme of ‘Place’. Deadline July 31 2018.
Judges of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 are announced
More details here.
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2018 is open for entries! The competition will be open until midnight (BST) 31 July 2018 and is eligible for anyone aged 11-17 years at the date of the deadline. More details here.
The wonderful Poetry Foundation has published a fantastic collection of resources for teachers working with young people of all ages. And here is a page at the Scottish Poetry Library which is full of lesson plans, poems, ideas and resources. Useful to teachers and young people!
An excellent website to visit regularly is Young Poets Network. Although aimed at younger writers, I find these challenges really helpful and interesting for myself! It’s run by The Poetry Society who describe the site as an
online platform for young poets up to the age of 25. Here you’ll find features about poets and poetry, challenges and competitions to inspire your own writing, new writing from young poets, and advice and guidance from the rising and established stars of the poetry world.
The BBC Writers Room is a good site for people of all ages if you’re interested in writing for radio, TV or film.
I’d like to end by saying how moved and inspired I was by this article written by Kate Clanchy about her work as a writer in the Oxford Spires Academy. I’ve also really enjoyed reading work written by her students which Kate has posted on Twitter. I will be looking for ways to share work written by St Gregory’s students when I can and I hope to be able to share with you some of my experiences as St Gregory’s Writer in Residence.
Adding a link for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education as it is full of brilliant ideas and resources.