The Betjeman Poetry Prize

Published Thu 19 Jan 2017 - By Literature Wales

Open to 10-13 year old poets in the British Isles and Republic of Ireland.

Deadline: JULY 31st

1st Prize: £1000 (£500 to winner and £500 to the English department of school Winner).

2 runners-up: £50 each.

3 highly commended entrants receive a book token.


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 writing competition invites entries from 10 -13 year olds across the British Isles, who must write on the theme: A sense of place. Where do you feel you belong? Do you have a secret place that makes you feel safe, happy, fulfilled? How do you feel when you are at home? Describe your favourite park, or building, beach or a street; capture in words what that place means to you.

Entries judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney.