The exclusive Cymru Euro 2020 Poetry Competition, brought to you by the Football Association of Wales and Literature Wales, invites primary-aged children to submit poems on the theme of identity for a chance to win a host of fantastic prizes.
- The competition is open to children in year 6, and under.
- Poems can be submitted in Welsh or English.
- Children must either live in Wales or attend school in Wales to enter in English. All Welsh-language poems will be accepted.
- Poems must be individual work.
- Poems must fit on one side of A4, submitted on the downloadable template (available below).
- Poems can be of any structure and do not have to rhyme.
The judging panel will consist of:
- Two Cymru international footballers;
- Children’s Laureate Wales Eloise Williams;
- Bardd Plant Cymru Gruffudd Owen; and
- Singer-songwriter Kizzy Crawford.
One Welsh-language and one English-language winner will be selected.
Winners will be announced before the Euro finals.
Both winners will receive:
- a Cymru football shirt signed by the Euro 2020 squad;
- a framed version of their poem signed by the Euro 2020 squad;
- a book bundle; and
- a workshop for their school class by Eloise Williams or Gruffudd Owen.
*If a Welsh-language winner is from a school outside Wales, the workshop will be via a digital platform. If a winner does not attend a school, we will not be able to offer a workshop as a prize.
- Poems must be submitted on behalf of children by a teacher, parent or guardian.
- Poems must be typed or handwritten using the downloadable entry form (available below) and sent as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Children must write their name and school name (if applicable) on their entry form. We encourage teachers, parents or guardians to review entry forms before submitting.
- All entries must be legible if handwritten.
- Poems must be submitted between Thursday 15 April and Thursday 20 May 2021.
Below are two resources which might help with the writing and interpreting the theme. These are just ideas, and children are encouraged to be original, to write from the heart, to interpret the theme of identity in any way they wish, and to remember that their poems do not have to be about football.
An English-language resource created especially for the competition by poet Jonathan Edwards is available here.
A Welsh-language resource created especially for the competition by poet Aneirin Karadog is available here.
For further information or enquiries, please email: email@example.com