The Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham, UK, has a competition this year, for poems that mention the city of Birmingham! There is a charge for adults to enter (judge: Hannah Silva), but: “The children’s category is open to any child in Year 11 or below in September 2016 (UK) or aged 15 or under on 1st September 2016 (non-UK).” The judge for the Children’s Category is Emma Wright, who runs The Emma Press. Deadline for both children and adults (new, extended deadline for the latter- ignore any references to an earlier date) is 30 September. More information here.
Poetry Together is a new competition for pairs of poets – one under 18, and one over 18. The competition is a collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Children’s Book Festival and The Red Cross, under the directorship of Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Poetry Together aims to highlight the potential loneliness of the elderly, whilst emphasising the important work of The Red Cross. The closing date is 29 April 2016. The winning duo will win £250 each. More information here.
Another one from the Poetry Library website. It looks like this is not only for UK-based poets (but please do check!). It’s free for children and young people (first poem only, then a small fee – see below) – ages 11 and under, and 12 to 17. Closing Date: 09-Jul-15. All adult submissions have a fee.
Categories: 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Deryn Rees-Jones. Theme: Any. Prizes: Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015.
First poem free to enter for children and young people than £1.50 for each additional poem.
Contact: For entry and more information see website:http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/