THE COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN
back! And we're looking for new poems to delight and inspire young readers of The
Caterpillar. If you've written a poem you think
would appeal to 7–11-year olds, then why not enter this
year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize? The poem can be on any subject, and there's no
We are very excited to have the incomparable John Hegley – poet, musician and comedian – to judge this year's prize! John has
published several collections of poems, including a volume for children called My
Dog is a Carrot. He also co-edited an anthology of poetry for young people
called The Ropes: Poems To Hold On To. He’s a
regular at Edinburgh Festival and on BBC Radio 4. His most recent collections
are Peace, Love and Potatoes, New & Selected Potatoes
and I am a Poetato.
The winning poem will feature in the summer 2017 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same
or subsequent issues.
year's winner, Laura Mucha, had this to say about the prize: ‘I love writing
poetry for children, and believe it’s one of the best ways of getting young
people interested in language, reading and performance. I think The Caterpillar
Poetry Prize is an important award, particularly as there are so few outlets
for children’s poets, and it’s a huge honour to have won it.’
Listen to Laura read
'Dear Ugly Sisters'.
HOW TO ENTER
The Prize is open to anyone (over 18), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.
You can enter online
or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form
or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poem(s) attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Please remember to read the rules
of the competition before you enter.
CLOSING DATE 31 MARCH 2017
Call 00 353 (0)49 9522995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.