Divine Poetry Competition

Closed, reopening 2020. With a different theme each year, this poetry competition is open to UK and Ireland residents aged 7+ years. Winners in each category receive a goody bag, and there is plenty of chocolate for the runners up.

The competition has three categories:

  • 7-11 year olds
  • 12-17 year olds
  • 18 years and over

The subject for 2019’s competition was ‘How can chocolate change the world?”. This was deliberately chosen to encourage entrants to think about the global cocoa industry, from the environmental and social effects of cocoa farming, to the dominance of large corporations in the chocolate market, as well as the impact of radical social enterprise players like Divine Chocolate.

Leading the judging panel was Inua Ellams in the English language category and Casia Wiliam in the Welsh language category.


4 thoughts on “Divine Poetry Competition

  1. Hi,
    I would like to send my daughter’s poem. she is 8 yrs old and in year 4. How can I send it.
    Please guide

    1. Hi Devi,

      Thanks for your comment. This competition isn’t run by Young Poets Network, but you can find out more about how to enter on Divine’s website: http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/good-stuff/competitions/2017/9/annual-poetry-competition-2018

      It’s great to hear your daughter is a keen writer. If she would be interested in entering one of Young Poets Network’s competitions, these are always free to enter and open to poets of all ages up to 25 from across the world. Currently we have open our Nearlyology challenge. This is a challenge asking young writers to explore what has nearly happened to them, and how it’s changed their life. Enter by 11 March for the chance of publication on YPN and an exclusive notebook as well as other poetry goodies. ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/nearlyology-a-new-poetry-challenge/

      If you’d like me to add you to the Young Poets Network (YPN) ebulletin, that will keep you up to date on a monthly basis on new competitions and opportunities for young writers.

      Do let me know!

      Helen at Young Poets Network

  2. Hi Helen, I have a 7 year old boy how has written a few lovely poems. I’d like connect him to your network. Could you please add me to the ebulletin?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Beth,

      Brilliant – I have just added you to our mailing list. Expect an email from us in the next few weeks! In the meantime, our two challenges are open until 15 July:

      – One is inspired by the enigmatic and inviting work of poet W.S. Graham. Enter a Cloud, Imagine a Forest now: bit.ly/wsgchallenge

      – And another asks for responses to Freud’s Civilisation and Its Discontents – learn more on the challenge page: bit.ly/freudchallenge

      Do let me know if there’s anything else I can do.

      Best wishes,


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