Kirkgate Shopping’s Young War Poet Competition

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian Kirkgate Shopping Centre's partnership with Reading Matters to launch its annual `Bradford Young War Poet' competition. Taurean Evans (11)is pictured with Catherine Riley (right) Kirkgate Centre manager, and Rachel Kelly, chief executive of Reading Matters.

Closed. Kirkgate Shopping has partnered with literacy charity Reading Matters to launch its annual ‘Bradford’s Young War Poet’ competition on National Literacy Day, Friday 8 September. Local schools, young writers and students of drama, speech and writing groups across the district are encouraged to write a poem on the topic of war. Email your poems to the address on the Kirkgate website. Judges include Anthony Anaxagorou.

The top three entrants will perform their poem live at the competition final on Armistice Day, Saturday 11 November, with The Royal British Legion in the centre. Top prizes include an iPad, tickets to see the War Horse at the Alhambra Theatre and Kirkgate Shopping vouchers.

2 thoughts on “Kirkgate Shopping’s Young War Poet Competition

  1. I am a Teacher in Nigeria who is interested in being connected to this group.

    Specifically, I want to be updated on Up-Coming Literary Contest. I truly want to get my students engaged internationally
    for a global standing.

    I will truly be grateful if I am always connected with specific international contest which my students cant participate.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Ejikwu,

      Thanks for your comment. This competition isn’t run by Young Poets Network, and it is now closed.

      It’s great to hear that you want to get your students writing. Young Poets Network’s competitions are always free to enter and open to poets of all ages up to 25 from across the world on most occasions. Currently we have open protest poems challenge. This is a challenge remembering suffragettes and asking young writers to protest injustices today. You can find out more here:

      I would also direct you to our education page: Though we are based in the UK, we have many free resources for teachers around the world; do have a look at our bank of free teaching resources on Poetry Class:

      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. I can also add you to our education ebulletin for poetry educators.

      Do let me know!

      Helen at Young Poets Network

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