Ledbury Young Poets Competition

Ledbury Young Poets Competition will open on 14th March 2024


Ledbury Poetry, Herefordshire Libraries and Herefordshire Wildlife Trust are working together on the annual Ledbury Young Poets Competition giving young poets the opportunity to explore the theme of Rivers through poetry.

The competition is held in partnership with Herefordshire Libraries. Entrants can visit any library or search their online catalogue for ideas and inspiration. Access to a huge range of digital titles via BorrowBox is FREE with library membership. Find more details at Libraries – Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s vision is for more nature everywhere. Their goals are to put nature into recovery – we need 30% of all land, rivers and lakes in our county well managed for nature by 2030 – and to take action for nature, working with partners in Herefordshire’s communities, schools and businesses, inspiring them to take action too. Young Poets and budding writers can find out all sorts of inspiration for their writing on our website Home | Herefordshire Wildlife Trust (herefordshirewt.org) or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for news, views and nature inspiration!

Who can enter?

  • Young people aged 18 or under on the closing date can enter
  • Entries are divided into two categories: Primary School (5-11yrs) and Secondary Schools and Higher Education (12-18yrs). There will be 5 winners in each category.
  • Only young people living in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire or Worcestershire are eligible

What’s the deadline?

  • The closing date is Thursday 2 May 2024 at 23:59 BST.

What’s the prize?

  • The top ten poets will be invited to perform their work at Ledbury Poetry Festival on Saturday 29 June 2024
  • Book tokens will be awarded to all winners
  • Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will give memberships to all ten winners

How to enter:

  • Please enter your poem using the online entry form on this website page
  • You may enter ONE poem only per person
  • Submit your entry as a PDF file attachment only

Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting your poem

Lots of ideas about writing poetry are given in a series of short films by Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho at https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/childrens-laureate/

We were treated to some fantastic poems last year and our packed winners event was a highlight of the festival. We can’t wait to read this year’s entries!

Follow this link to read the winning poems from 2023


Competition Entry Guidelines

If you have any questions or need assistance with the competition entry process please email sabeen.chaudhry@ledburypoetry.org.uk

  1. You may enter ONE poem per person. It is free to enter.
  2. Poems must be received by Thursday 2nd May 2024 at 23:59 BST. Entries will not be accepted after the closing deadline.
  3. All entries must be submitted online through the entry form on this page.
  4. Please submit your poem as a PDF file where indicated when completing the entry form.
  5. All poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  6. The length of the poem must not exceed 40 lines (the title is not included in this line limit).
  7. The competition is open to young people aged 5-18 years and living in the Three Counties area of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.
  8. The competitor’s name must NOT appear in the poem or in the document file name – names must be included on the entry form details only.
  9. Please name your file with the title of your poem.
  10. All entries must be in English, original and must not have been published or have won competitions elsewhere. Copyright remains with the author, but Ledbury Poetry reserves the right to have entries performed at the Festival, on radio, TV, or stage, published on the internet, in an anthology or used for publicity purposes at any stage in the future.
  11. An automated email acknowledgement of the entry will be sent (please check Spam or Junk folders if you don’t see one).
  12. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  13. Ledbury Poetry reserves the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
  14. Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.
  15. Winners/runners up/highly commended entries will be notified before the launch of the Festival in July and details of the winners event will be given out.
  16. Ledbury Poetry is a registered charity – Charity No 1059465

Competition Entry has now closed.