Competition runs from 5th Jan to 27th April

An Invitation to Capture Imagination with Poetry and Illustration

Winner of Dame Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award here


By taking part in this competition your pupils will have lots of fun whilst learning.

Rhyming is fun and a great way to engage children.

Pupils can use one or both topics:- The Sea.
A selection of poems will be published in a national poetry book and exhibited at a chosen venue in the UK.

Complete the application forms at the bottom of the page.

There are a number of judges who are highlighted below. Judges will be looking for imagination, expression and interpretation of the topics. Recommended age 7-14 years.

Tel: 0785 2804999 Email:

The Judges

Christina Gabbitas

Author, Poet & Voiceover

Mickey Bradley

Musician, Undertones
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Korky Paul

Illustrator of Winnie the

Liz Million

Dr Stephen Fear

Ambassador and Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Library 2012 - 2016

Young Poets Network

Andy Seed

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015

Giles Paley Phillips


John Gillmore

BBC Presenter Lancashire

Hilary Robinson


Julie Fulton


Claire Young

Entrepreneur and Apprentice Finalist

Sarah Cunnane

Editorial Content Manager

Sophie Sage

Exhibitions V & A Museum of Childhood

Simon Cooper

Ric Lumb

Games Artist & Illustrator

Dan Worsley

Storyteller, Author

June Lightfoot

Senior Librarian, Hull Libraries

The Product Poet

Kate Eady

Creative Director

Rachel Kelly

Director of Local

Simon Blower

Director & Co founder

Matthew Fletcher

Language and Linguistics Student Lancaster University

Lauren Oldacre

Leeds Trinity University

Natasha Banke

Hull Children's University

Joe Cushnan

Freelance writer - reviews, features & poetry

Jonathan Straight

Tatiana Wilson

Founder of

Mark Longbottom

Daniel Ingram-Brown

Author and Theatre Producer

Tracey West

Author, publisher, broadcaster

Carol E Wyer


Dom Conlon

Rebecca Thomas

RM Language Services

Donavan Christopher

Julie Ann Douglas

Poet and writer for Amazing Magazine for children.

Bernard Young

Salma Zaman

Author & Bollywood Dance

Reasons to participate...

  • A chance for a pupil to have their work published in the next national poetry book series.
  • A chance for a selection of poems and illustrations to be showcased in some fabulous UK venues.
  • The school with the winning rhyme and illustration can expect a free author/illustrator visit

Why is rhyme helpful?

  • Helps children become more able readers
  • Helps children improve their memory
  • Helps to develop phonic awareness and understanding of sentence structure
  • Rhyme makes it more fun, a great way to engage children
  • Improves listening skills
  • Introduces a world of expression that's fun to create and share.

When entering, remember...

  • Only one entry per pupil
  • Rhymes of 8 lines
  • Rhymes of The Sea
  • Rhymes must be the children's own work and should be HANDWRITTEN
    (remember to attach a pupil entry form to each entry.)
  • Please keep a copy of the pupils original work.

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