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The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize opens for entries!

Chris RiddellAre you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme: ‘a sense of place’ and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2017.

The 2017 Betjeman Poetry Prize will be judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell with poet Rachel Rooney.


The top fifty poems will be printed in the BPP 2017 anthology. Six short-listed poets will be invited with their families and teachers to a prize giving on National Poetry Day, 28th September, in St Pancras Station, London, where the winner will be announced. The winning poet will receive £1000 (£500 for their school), Eurostar tickets and will be crowned St Pancras Laureate for twelve months. All six finalists are invited on a 3-day poetry workshop in Spring 2018. 

Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit.


Go to our website for videos and writing tips from poet and spoken word educator Indigo Williams, Kate Clanchy’s Top Tips for Young Poets and poems by former finalists.


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