Firefly poet launches children's competition

Firefly poet launches children's competition

A debut poet is encouraging children aged seven to 11 to write poems about their daydreams, for the chance to have theirs printed in his first collection. 

Alex Wharton's Daydreams and Jellybeans (Firefly) is aimed at primary schoolchildren, and will be published on 28th January next year.  

Children will have until 21st September to write a poem of up to 12 lines about their daydreams, and submit it to the submissions email address on the Firefly website.The winning poet will see their work published at the end of the collection. 

Encouraging children to participate, Wharton said: "Have fun with your writing, be open to ideas, open to dreams — and your poem will find you."

Daydreams and Jellybeans is illustrated by Katy Riddell, who said: "I am really excited to be working with such a lovely team. Alex’s poems are so beautifully observant as well as brilliantly imaginative and I hope I can bring his words to life with my illustrations."