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The Caterpillar is the younger sibling of The Moth, a magazine of poems and stories and art for grown-ups. The Moth is, according to the famous Irish poet Paul Durcan, 'exquisitely designed and choc-a-bloc with exciting new artworks and wordworks. Wordworks? Yes, we know, he made that up. But he's allowed to, right? He's a poet.  

The Caterpillar is for kids between the ages of 7 and 11(ish), though grown-ups are bound to like it too. It appears four times a year ‒ in March, June, September and December ‒ and, like The Moth ‒ is jam-packed full of new artworks and 'wordworks'. 

John Hegley chose The Caterpillar as one of his 'top ten children's poetry books' in The Guardian and it's not even a book, or a poetry book for that matter! How about that for sneaky? Sharing the limelight with the likes of Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson. You can check out the list here.   

The Caterpillar includes some GREAT writing by the likes of Michael Morpurgo (of War Horse fame, of course), Meshack Asare, Julie O'Callaghan, Dennis Lee (the man who wrote the words to Fraggle Rock!), Chrissie Gittins, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Mo O'Hara, Mark Lowery, Hilda Offen and Janet Wong (she's read her poems on the Oprah Winfrey Show!). 

The magazine is edited by Will Govan and Rebecca O'Connor.

You can purchase a single copy for 6, or an ongoing subscription for just 6 a quarter, or a gift subscription (4 issues) for a loved one (that includes yourself) for just 24 here.
The winner of this year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize will be announced in June. The prize is for a poem written by an adult for children, and the winner will receive 1,000 and publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Last year's winner, Don't Think of an Elephant by Louise Greig, was a cracker! You can read about it in the Irish Times. To find our more about the prize click here.  

The winner of the inaugural Caterpillar Short Story Prize was Richard J. Jones, for his story 'Let's Say I Am'.  You can read more about it here. You can also read the story online in the Irish Times. The 2016 prize closes on 30 September. You can read all about it here

We launched The Moth back in 2010. It features poetry, short stories and art for grown-ups - including the likes of Billy Collins, Eimear McBride, Les Murray and Yusuf Komunyakaa. The Moth also runs the 10,000 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize (one of the biggest in the world for a single poem), The Moth Short Story Prize and The Moth Art Prize (which includes a month's residency in The Moth's Artists' Residence in rural Ireland).