COBIS Poetry Competition 2019


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For 2019, the theme for the COBIS Poetry Competition was 'The Last Page'. Students were invited to write an original poem to reflect this theme.

Schools could submit three entries in each category, so many schools ran an internal competition and submitted the winning three entries to the COBIS competition.

We received 465 entries from over 80 schools in total. Well done to all who entered, our judges thoroughly enjoyed reading all your excellent poems. 

2019 Competition Winners and Runners-Up

The winners are listed below along with the judges' comments. To read each poem, please click on the student's name.

Category A: 10 yrs and under

Winner: Nyall Thoppil, British School of Bahrain

“Beautiful imagery, wonderfully imagined, very mature writing. A very powerful poem that causes the reader to think deeply about the competition theme.”

Runner Up: Alina Abdul Kader, GEMS Jumeirah Primary School

“I really enjoyed the poem. It made me think of my own hometown and my connection and memories to it. The student used good language techniques. Clever interpretation of the theme and a sophisticated poem.”  

Category B: 11-14 yrs

Winner: Mathula Muhundan, Doha College

"The poetic allusion used throughout this piece is outstanding, it gives the poem an additional subconscious narrative voice. A thought-provoking, carefully crafted poem that uses rich, sophisticated vocabulary and subtle use of poetic devices."

Runner Up: Maia Troconis Wetter, British International School of Stockholm 

“Stunning imagery (e.g. mother as author) that surprises and delights, but I found myself wondering most at her beautiful re-visioning of the theme. Here ‘The Last Page’ is also a beginning. The best is always yet to come - or so we hope, as we keep turning, and looking ever towards the future."

Category C: 15-19 yrs

Winner: Francesco Muci, The British School of Brussels

"Clever contrasting themes of life and death, beautiful imagery, good pacing. Imaginative, descriptive, excellent use of vocabulary and story telling."

Runner Up: Hana Růžičková, Park Lane International School

“Haunting but beautiful. Thoughtful phrases - the description of the fire was incredibly imaginative and powerful. Entertaining and good building of suspense.”


A certificate and prize will be awarded to the winner and runner-up of each category.

Winner: £75 amazon voucher     Runner-up: £25 amazon voucher


The success of the COBIS Poetry Competition is dependent upon the help of external judges, so we are very grateful to all involved. Thank you to all judges who took the time to volunteer this year, including teachers from COBIS Schools, experts from COBIS Supporting Member organisations and professionals from the writing industry.

View the 2019 Entries

Entries from the 2019 competition can be viewed online through Pobble. Click here to view all entries

Previous Competitions

COBIS would like to thank Browns Books for Students for sponsoring our Poetry Competition in 2019. Thank you also to Pobble, who helped process and publish this year's entries.  

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