Children’s book website LoveReading4Kids is launching a £250 poetry prize for 7-11 year-olds in association with National Poetry Day.
The theme of this year’s National Poetry Day, which will take place on on 3rd October, is ‘truth’ and LoveReading4Kids wants children to write original poems with the title ‘The Truth about School’. The winning poet will receive £250 of books for their school, a trophy and certificate, and a visit to their school from poet James Carter. They will also win an annual subscription to children’s magazine Scoop.
The winning and commended poems will also be published on the LoveReading, LoveReading4Kids and LoveReading4Schools websites.
M.d. Deborah Maclaren said: “We are delighted to be working with National Poetry Day to get children and schools across the UK engaged with words and creating their own poems. As Michael Rosen famously said: ‘Poetry is the sounds of word in your ears’ and we’d like every UK child to think about this, be inspired by it and more fully appreciate the joy of poetry. Spread the word and let’s get writing.”
Aspiring poets can enter via the LoveReading4Kids website. The deadline is the end of the summer term.