Poetry By Heart Competition

Poetry By Heart is the poetry recitation competition for English schools. We are open to students in Key Stages 2-5 across a variety of competition categories including showcase (with the opportunity to enter self-written poetry or poems in other languages) and freestyle, where you can get really creative with different elements such as music, animation and more! There is also a special round for teachers and librarians to get involved. 

The Poetry By Heart website is a resource for teaching and learning about poetry. There are curated anthologies of poems and a wealth of free education materials designed by teachers to support teachers, covering primary and secondary, unseen poems, Shakespeare’s sonnets, First World War poetry, the great Romantic poets and hidden gems for you to discover. 

Register now for a free competition kit to get started (including a fabulous calendar to brighten your classroom wall!). If you have further questions or need help, get in touch at [email protected] or call 0117 9055338.

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    1. Hi Charlotte,

      Thanks for your comment. Young Poets Network doesn’t run Poetry By Heart but you can find out more here: http://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/

      If you’d like to enter any of our free competitions, currently, we have open the following:

      Thinking Outside the Penalty Box asks for poems inspired by extraordinary African lives, and offers the chance of print publication and up to £100 in book vouchers (we can convert this into your currency, don’t worry!): ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/thinking-outside-the-penalty-box-poetry-challenge/ (closes 28 February – so get your skates on!)

      Nearlyology is a challenge asking you to explore what has nearly happened to you, and how it’s changed your 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/

      Best of luck!

      Helen at Young Poets Network

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