22 July 2020: The Caterpillar recommended by The School Reading List
Packed full of 'stories, poetry, inspiring images' and more, The Caterpillar is perfect for UK Key Stage 2! You can read the full list of recommended titles here.
16 July 2020: Liz Brownlee recommends The Caterpillar on Poetry Roundabout!
Liz says: 'children’s ears are waiting and wanting to hear rhythm, music, new words, new ideas, absurdity, language play and knowledge introduced in a humorous way... [The Caterpillar] is the sort of magazine I would have devoured as a young person.' Read more here.
Fergal McNally, from Co. Meath in Ireland, is The Caterpillar Poetry Prize’s first Irish winner in six years. His poem, 'The Zebra with the Leopardskin Pants', is published in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. This year’s judge, 'patron saint of poetry' Roger McGough, commented: ‘I knew I was in good hands when I set off on the journey with a zebra who felt like an outsider in his community, through no fault of his own. There was a happy conclusion to the poem that will appeal to any young reader who may sometimes feel out-of-step with the world. Should we need it, there is a Zaggeldy Creek waiting somewhere for all of us.’
6 December 2019: Heather Reid wins The Caterpillar Short Story Prize
'David McQueen's Green Machine' by Heather Reid took first prize in this year's competition. Judge Kelly McCaughrain praised the story's 'cascade of delightful images, language and rhythm'. Second prize was awarded to 'Inbox' by Jo Withers. You can read all about the prizes in the Irish Times!
June 2019: Andrew Weale wins The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
Judge Brian Moses said: 'I was hooked from the moment I read “a hyphen had swept between them/like a bird/and joined them with its wings”...This poem has such potential and children will love the idea behind it.' You can read Andrew's poem 'Wonder-pudderful' here.
6 December 2018: The Caterpillar Short Story Prize winner announced!
Louise Greig won first prize with her story 'Beatrice - A Work of Art'. She commented: 'I am enormously humbled to have won this beautiful prize. I hope all children find solace in stories and discover The Caterpillar as a place of wonder.' You can read Louise's story here.
15 August 2018: British PM Theresa May commends Coral Rumble on winning this year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize!
'I am writing to congratulate you on winning The Caterpillar's annual prize for your poem Mustafa's Jumper,' her letter began. You can read about it in this Irish Times books round-up.
4 June 2018: Winner of The Caterpillar Poetry Prize announced!
'Mustafa's Jumper', by Coral Rumble, has won first prize in this year's competition. You can read her poem in the Irish Times!
January 2018: Chrissie Gittins to judge the 2018 Caterpillar Poetry Prize!
Janet Turner's 'Auntie Aggie' has won this year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize! Read all about it here
We are very excited to have the incomparable John Hegley – the 'poet laureate of comedy' – to judge this year's prize! Closing date 31 March. You can enter here
'The Man in the Hole' by Yorkshire GP Chris Preece was this year's winner. The judge, Mark Lowery, said it was 'a powerful and timely piece of writing that forces us to consider how we react to those "others" who turn up in our countries uninvited and unannounced.' Read it here in the Irish Times
Laura Mucha's 'Dear Ugly Sisters' wins this year's prize. 'This one caught us off guard,' said Will Govan, publisher of The Caterpillar. 'It made us laugh out loud. It's very witty, but it's also written with a deftness of touch that makes it seem like it must have been easy to write. And that in itself is quite an achievement.' You can read the winning poem in the Irish Times.
Richard J. Jones' wins €1,000 for his story 'Let's Just Say' in the inaugural Caterpillar Short Story Prize, and will be published in the spring 2016 issue of The Caterpillar.
5 June 2015: Winner of inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize announced
You can read the winning poem 'Don't Think of an Elephant' by Louise Greig in the Irish Times.
1 May 2015: The Caterpillar Short Story Prize launched
Owing to the amazing response to The Caterpillar Poetry Prize, the inaugural Caterpillar Short Story Prize has been lauched - with a prize of €1,000 and publication in The Caterpillar for the winning story. You can read all about it here.
1 September 2014: The Caterpillar Poetry Prize launched
The inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize - a prize for the best poem written by an adult for children (between the ages of 7 and 11) is now open. You can read more about it in The Bookseller.
3 October 2013: The Caterpillar is one of John Hegley's 'top ten children's poetry books' in The Guardian
It 's not even a book, but it still makes it on to the list! 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.
2 June 2013: Launch Party
Join us at the Moth Studios to celebrate the launch of the first issue of The Caterpillar. There'll be all the the necessary ingredients for a great party – story time with actors Will Govan and Tommy Sharkey, music by Annie June Callaghan and Shane Carroll (on ukulele), amazing animation and a wonderful sea life exhibition by Kasia Zimnoch, as well as sweets and treats and games! Everyone welcome (including grown-ups). From 3-5pm.