Writing about reading – the latest mini-competition

Young Poets Network teams up with The Reading Agency to get you writing about the huge importance of reading.

The Reading Agency is a UK charity whose mission is to inspire people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all our lives. They support people at all stages of their Reading Journey – because everything changes when we read.

The importance of reading

Reading for pleasure and information helps us realise our ambitions and fulfil our potential. Studies show that reading is more important to children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education or socio-economic background. The Reading Agency runs creative programmes which help people of all ages feel inspired and confident about reading.

Programmes for young people

Reading Hack is the new name for the young people’s programme for 13 to 24 year olds from The Reading Agency, due to officially launch later this year. It follows a generous £1 million gift from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation to build on the success of Reading Activists, with a new vision to inspire young people to read, share their love of reading with others and celebrate the benefits of reading.

Later this year, Reading Hack will be launching – and The Reading Agency would like you to help them mark the occasion! To hack something means to take something and turn it on its head, use it in a new way or rip it apart and put it back together to form something completely different.

Now it’s your turn

We challenge you to either:

Write your own poem about reading. What do reading and books mean to you – what effect have they had on your life? What worlds have they taken to you? Why are they important?

Or, create your own poetry hack. So, find some poems you like and turn them into something extraordinary. The video below gives an example of a poetry hack.

Other ideas for a poetry hack might be blanking out the words from a poem or book to create something new; rearranging the lines in a poem to create new meanings; replacing all the nouns (or verbs or adjectives) in a poem with ones chosen from a different poem – it’s up to you! Let us know what you’ve done to create your hack when you send in your poem – we will be intrigued to hear about your experiments.


Three winners will receive a £10 book voucher and an exclusive Young Poets Network notebook.

Submitting your poems

This challenge is for poets aged 25 and under, from all over the world. The deadline is Sunday 26 April 2015. You can send a page poem written down, or a performance poem as a video or as an audio file. Send as many poems as you like.

If you are sending a written version of your poem, please include it in the body of an email. If you are sending a video or audio file, please attach it to the email (making sure it’s no bigger than 4MB or it won’t come through) or send us a link to where we can see/hear it.

Send your poems to [email protected] with your name, age and address. By entering, you give permission for Young Poets Network and The Reading Agency to reproduce your poem in print and online, though copyright remains with you.

We will add you to the Young Poets Network emailing list – please let us know if you’d rather we didn’t!


The Reading Agency CMYK  Reading Hack Final Logo




Published March, 2015

8 thoughts on “Writing about reading – the latest mini-competition

    1. Hi Tanvi, we only email confirmation if you ask for it – so if you’d like to know, ask us to confirm when you send in your poem.

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