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Poetry Competition

We invited students to write a poem based on this year's competition theme, 'A Future to Be Proud Of'.

Our Poetry Competition is a brilliant opportunity for young writers to compete internationally and showcase their talent. This year's competition theme is 'A Future to Be Proud Of'. The competition is open to all COBIS schools, including Applicant schools.

Judging Criteria

The competition judges will be scoring the entries according to the following criteria:

  • Interpretation and clarity of the theme, 'A Future to Be Proud Of', to the reader.
  • Creativity/style and originality.
  • Structure and form.
  • Language and imagery.
  • Overall impression of the poem.

How to enter

Submissions are now closed.

Each school can submit one entry per category. Many schools choose to run an internal competition to select these entries. COBIS will accept the first entry from a school in each category, so please speak with your colleagues before submitting.


  • Key Stage 1 & 2
  • Key Stage 3
  • Key Stage 4 & 5



The competition entries will be judged by a panel of teachers and literature professionals. If you are interested in judging, please contact Laura on

The highest scored entries in each category will be submitted to our guest judge, Daniel Thompson, for the final selection.

Daniel Thompson is a poet, storyteller, film maker and musician from Birmingham, England. His recent collections of poems ‘Big Thoughts For Little Thinkers’ and 'Being You: Poems of Positivity’, supporting children’s emotional wellbeing, have been Amazon best sellers in various categories. Daniel is passionate about encouraging children to explore the philosophical principles behind self-belief and inner positivity.  

Winners and Runners-up

The winners will be announced on our website and social media channels in Jan/Feb 2024. The winning poems will be published on our website and may feature at our Annual Conference in May 2024.

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

Terms and Conditions

Please click here to view the Poetry Competition Terms and Conditions.

2023 Winners

Click here to read the winning poems from last year's competition, 'Who Am I?'.

We would like to thank Collins for sponsoring this year's Poetry Competition. 

Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for more than 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading and award- winning products across various sectors. Our educational publishing continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for UK and International curricula, to support teachers and students at school and outside the classroom environment. Visit

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