The competition aims to complement and support the excellent teaching of poetry that goes on within the regular curriculum and it is a chance for you and your pupils to be rewarded for work that you are already doing. We hope to produce an anthology of the winning poems in due course.
The competition is open to all SATIPS member schools. Teachers are free to use any subject, theme or style which is appropriate. This year, Wendy Cope OBE will be our judge, and she has kindly offered for some of her poems to be used as stimulus for ideas. These are available on the download document. Wendy worked for 14 years as a primary school teacher before going freelance after the publication of her first book, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis. Her work has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic and in 2010 she was appointed OBE for services to literature. Her fifth collection of poems, Anecdotal Evidence appeared in 2018.
There will be three age categories: Years 3&4, Years 5&6 and Years 7&8. and the poems should be no longer than 30 lines. Poems should be on one side of A4 paper with the title and year group written clearly on the front. Pupils should write their name and the name of their school on the reverse with each school allowed a total of 30 entries.
The entry fee is £1 per poem or £25 for a school entry of no more than 30 poems, and please use the Entry Form which must be completed and included with submissions. Prizes will be awarded for each age group and there is a magnificent cup for the best school entry overall!
The deadline for entries is Monday 4th May 2020. All submissions received after this date will not be considered.
Our thanks to Mr Stephen Davies of Bryanston School who is the SATIPS Poetry Competition Organiser