19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


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Schools' Poetry competition 2019

The annual county-wide search for tomorrow's famous poets has begun!

Canterbury Festival’s poetry competition is open to all pupils within Kent schools, with age categories 5-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-15 years and 16-18 years. The deadline for entries is Friday 21 July.

Entries are shortlisted by a panel of judges, with the top entries printed in an anthology. The competition culminates in a celebration event on Friday 4 October with readings from our published poets, and prizes for the winners of each category. This event precedes the adult Poet of the Year awards evening.


schools' poetry competition 2019: This year's theme

This year's theme is MOON VOYAGE – inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

We hope this theme will be widely interpreted by applicants, using this resource as a starting point to create their own original and imaginative poems. The resources encourage a variety of creative-writing techniques to enable access into poetry writing for all abilities, being highly visual and less reliant on individual academic levels for success.


schools' poetry comeptition 2019: resources and application info

Please feel free to use the below teaching resources during your lessons, and please do encourage your students to apply:

Click here to download the primary school resources

Click here to download the secondary school resources