Could you write a poem to amuse, excite or inspire children?

That’s the challenge as we launch the YorkMix Poems For Children Competition today.

The first prize is £250, with runner-up prizes of £100, £75 and £50.

Our judge is Carole Bromley, poet in residence here at YorkMix. The judge will also award certificates for Highly Commended and Commended poems.

Poems must be in English – and suitable for children, natch – but they can be of any length. To enter, check the rules, then submit your poem or poems on the form below.

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It costs just £5 to enter a single poem, £10 for three poems, or £15 for five poems.

This is an open competition. Entrants must be 18 or older. You may enter as often as you wish.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Poems can be any length, on any topic, and for children of any age.

The full rules of the competition are here.

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Our judge

Carole Bromley
Carole Bromley, a former winner of the prestigious Bridport Poetry Prize, has been a driving force behind York’s lively poetry scene for many years.

She was shortlisted for the Manchester Writing for Children Award in 2014 and her poem, Goldilocks, was performed at the CLiPPA Awards the following year.

In 2015 she was highly commended in the Caterpillar competition. Her children’s poems have appeared in, A Poem For Every Night Of The Year (MacMillan), Let In The Stars’ (MMU) and The Head That Wears A Crown (Emma Press) as well as on the Guardian Children’s Books website.

Her first collection for children, Blast Off!, was published by Smith/Doorstop in July 2017

As Poet In Residence at YorkMix, Carole launched the first YorkMix Poetry Competition in 2013, acting as its judge for four years, and, in association with the York Literature Festival, helping to guide it into the elite of Britain’s poetry competitions.

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