Betjeman Poetry Prize

Young woman using a tablet in the park
29 February 2016
Calling all 10-13 year olds. Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’


The 2016 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open for entries to 10-13 year old in the British Isles and Republic of Ireland! Our judges this year are the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with poet and artist Imtiaz Dharker.


1st Prize: £1000 (£500 to winner and £500 to the English department of school Winner). The winner will also be crowned St Pancras Laureate for the year!

2 runners-up: £50 each.

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

All finalists are invited on a poetry workshop with spoken word educator Indigo Williams. The top 50 poems are printed in our 2016 anthology. The teacher who enters the most poems from their school wins a sponsored place on the MMU Teaching Creative Writing 3-day course.

Prize giving: upper concourse, St Pancras International, National Poetry Day, on Thursday 8th October. 

Theme of ‘place’: 'your favourite park, or building, beach or a street; capture in words what that place means to you'.


How to enter

The Betjeman Poetry Prize is free to enter and you can submit as many poems as you wish. There is no word or line limit. For further details and how to enter online or by post, please click here.

The competition closes 31st July 2016

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