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Poetry Competition

We are inviting students to write a poem based on this year's competition theme, 'Looking Ahead'.

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

Download our poster to promote the competition in your school.

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How to enter

Submissions will open on Monday 10 January and close at 3pm (GMT) on Wednesday 2 February 2022.  Each school will be able to submit up to two entries per category. Many schools choose to run an internal competition to select these entries.

The categories are:

  • Category A: Key Stage 1 & 2
  • Category B: Key Stage 3
  • Category C: Key Stage 4 & 5

Entries will be submitted via an online form on this webpage. Full details about how to submit your students' entries will be made available here in January 2022. 

Winners and Prizes

The winners will be announced on our website and social media channels in March 2022. The winning poems will be published on our website and may feature at our Annual Conference in May 2022. 

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

Interested in Judging?

To register your interest in judging the competition, please contact

2021 Winners

Click here to read the winning poems from last year's competition, 'Connections'.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

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


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