1 Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’. Write to any length and in any style. The theme of place may inspire students to write about anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to a larger landscape, from their local park to a spooky building. Former entrants have stretched the theme, finding ways to write about subjects as varied as imagined places, dreams and friendships. Young poets, go where your hearts lead...
2 The winner receives £500. The English department of his or her school receives £5000. Home educated pupils should nominate their local library as the prize recipient. The two runners up receive £200 each. The top three poets each receive four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille. Highly commended entrants receive £50. The top 50 poems are printed in our annual anthology. Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit.
3 All entrants must be under 14 on 1st September.
4 Each poem must be given a title.
5 Entries may be handwritten (legible, please) or typed.
6 Entrants must be resident in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.
7 All poems must be original, the entrant’s own work, and must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or broadcast (except in an individual school magazine).
8 All entries sent in by post must be attached to the completed entry form. For teachers entering more than one pupil, one entry form per class will be accepted.
9 Entrants must ensure that they keep a copy of their poem as poems cannot be returned. For administrative reasons entries cannot be acknowledged.
10 The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, by entering the competition, authors of the winning poems grant the organisers of the Betjeman Poetry Prize the right to publish and/or broadcast their poems and/or use them in promotional displays.
11 Poems must be received by midnight on 31st July.
12 The judges’ decisions are final.