Betjeman Poetry Prize

  • St Pancras International
  • January 1 - July 31
  • 15:00 - 15:00
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Open to 10-13 year old poets in the British Isles and Republic of Ireland.

1st Prize: £1000 (£500 to winner and £500 to the English department of school Winner).

2 runners-up: £50 each.

3 highly commended entrants receive a book token.

The top three poets each receive four standard class Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille.

In addition, all finalists are invited on a 3-days poetry camp in Spring 2018. The top 50 poems are printed in our 2017 anthology. Each teacher entering a class is entered in a draw to win a poet visit to the school.

Prize giving: Upper Concourse, St Pancras International, National Poetry Day, on Thursday 28th September.

Theme: A sense of place (Where do you feel you belong? Do you have a secret place that makes you feel safe, happy, fulfilled? How do you feel when you are at home? Describe your favourite park, or building, beach or a street; capture in words what that place means to you.

Entries judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney.

ENTER ONLINE at or SEND TO: Betjeman Poetry Prize, 5 Princes Crescent, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4GS.

See below for prize giving venue.