Clare Primary School Poetry Contest 2017

The Clare primary school poetry contest is being organised by The Poetry Collective in conjunction with Clare Education Centre – whose support is greatly appreciated.

Contest Rules and Details

The contest is open to all pupils attending Primary Schools in County Clare and is for a poem in English of not more than 15 lines. No particular form (haiku, sonnet, clerihew…) is stipulated. Poems may be on any subject.

There will be just the one ‘open’ category but there will be special prizes for high-quality poems by younger pupils. Poems of, say, three or four lines from children in the early primary years will be welcomed. No individual should submit more than two poems.

Short-listed potential winners will be invited to read or recite their entries on Thursday 27th April – National Poetry Day. Details will be announced later.

While the most of the scoring will relate to the poems themselves, how well they are read will also count for 25% of the marks.

The Poetry Collective will provide the judges – for 2017 the Chief Judge will be a former teacher and published poet. The Collective will also organise prizes and arrange media coverage and publicity (hopefully some poems will be read on the radio). As previously, the perpetual Trophy (a singing bowl) will be awarded to the school with the widest range of ‘good-quality’ poems contributed.

To enter a poem, please complete the form on the right. All fields must be filled in.

The closing date is Monday 3rd April 2016 at 3pm.

Entry Form