The COBIS & Pobble Poetry Competition is a celebration of COBIS students’ creative writing skills across the globe. 

The COBIS & Pobble Poetry Competition is now closed.

Winners will be announced in March 2020.

The theme of our 2020 competition is 'Today's actions shape tomorrow's world'. Students can interpret this theme in any way they wish, but it must be reflected in each poem. 

Competition Dates
The competition will run from Monday 30 September 2019 until 3pm (GMT) on Friday 24 January 2020.

There are three age categories (based on the age of the student as of 30 September 2019):

  • Category A: 10 years and under
  • Category B: 11-14 years
  • Category C: 15-19 years

Number of Entries
Each COBIS school can submit up to three entries in each age category. Many schools choose to run an internal competition to select these poems.

Competition Resources

  • Download this lesson to introduce the competition to your students and generate ideas around the competition theme.
  • Download this poster to promote the competition in your school.

Winners and Prizes
The winners will be announced on the COBIS website by Monday 16 March 2020. The winning poems will be published on the COBIS website, and may feature at the COBIS Annual Conference in May 2020. 

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

Judging the Competition
To register your interest in judging the COBIS & Pobble Poetry Competition 2020, please contact

How to Enter
This competition is run in partnership with COBIS Supporting Member, Pobble, who will be managing the entry process. Entries from participating schools will find a global audience on Pobble, and your pupils will be able to leave (moderated) feedback on each other’s entries.

Entries must be submitted by a teacher using the Pobble online platform. It is free and simple to set up a Pobble account.

1. If you are already a Pobble school, upload work as normal and tag your competition entries

“COBIS2020a” for age 10 and under,
“COBIS2020b” for age 11-14,
“COBIS2020c” for age 15-19.

2. If you are new to Pobble please check out the videos below explaining how you can register as a teacher and submit your entries. Please note, you will need to use this parent letter to gain parent’s permission to upload their child’s work. All entries will be published in your own school space.

This video training platform explains how you can make the most of your free subscription and how your winning pupils can also access the site.

If you have any questions for the Pobble team you can contact them at

How to register as a teacher

How to submit your entries

Previous Competition Winners

Terms and Conditions

1. To enter the COBIS & Pobble Poetry Competition, your school must be a registered COBIS School. Schools may only submit competition entries from bona fide students of their school.

2. The competition will run from Monday 30 September 2019 until Friday 24 January 2020. Entries must be received by 3pm UK time on Friday 24 January 2020. 

3. Entries must be submitted by a teacher on behalf of students. Three entries per age category per school may be submitted and COBIS/Pobble reserve the right to refuse entry to any subsequent submissions.

4. There are three age categories for submitted entries: Category A: 10 years and under, Category B: 11-14 years and Category C: 15-19 years. The student age should be calculated as of 30 September 2019, when the competition opens. Entries will not be accepted from students outside of these age categories or for work submitted to the wrong category.

5. The theme of the COBIS & Pobble Poetry Competition 2020 is ‘Today's actions shape tomorrow's world’. COBIS reserves the right to exclude any entries which do not adhere to this theme.

6. Competition entries will be licensed to COBIS on a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, transferable, worldwide basis for a number of purposes, including case studies, publications, exhibitions, website content, social media and other promotional purposes. By entering the competition, the teacher confirms that the necessary permissions have been sought from students and/or their parents for COBIS and other associated parties to publish the student name, art work, school name and logo for such purposes.

7. Entries should be uploaded to the Pobble website ( and tagged with “COBIS2020a” for ages 10 and under, “COBIS2020b” for ages 11-14 and “COBIS2020c” for ages 15-19.87. All entries must be accompanied by a parental permission slip which must be submitted to Pobble at the same time as the entries.

8. All entries will be published in your own school space on the Pobble website. This can be found by searching on the Pobble website for your school name. All children whose entries are posted on the Pobble website will receive a pupil passcode, accessed through the school dashboard viewable by any registered teacher from a participating school, so that they can view their entry online as well as leave and receive feedback on work from pupils in other schools. By submitting entries, you confirm that you agree to Pobble’s terms of use. Pobble will offer full and unrestricted access to all participating schools for the duration of the competition. This competition will be operated by Pobble Education Ltd, 42- 43 Gloucester Crescent, Camden Town, London NW1 7PE, UK.

9. By entering the competition the winners and runners-up agree to COBIS publishing their full name, school and poem on the COBIS website and social media. This information may also be published and promoted at the COBIS Annual Conference in May 2020 and in other COBIS-related publications. Winners should participate in such reasonable promotional activity and material as Pobble and COBIS may require.

10. The judges' decision regarding the winners of the COBIS & Pobble Poetry Competition will be final.

11. Any foul play, cheating, plagiarism or attempted manipulation of the results will result in a permanent exclusion of the offending school from this competition. The judgement of COBIS on this point will be final.

Competition Sponsor

COBIS would like to thank our Supporting Member, Collins, for sponsoring the COBIS Poetry Competition 2020. 

'Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading 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 pupils at school and outside the classroom environment.

Collins is a leading educational publisher of primary and secondary resources. We support thousands of teachers and pupils, providing award-winning materials that enhance the learning experience with our easy to use and flexible programmes. Visit'