They are looking for new poems to delight and inspire young readers of The Caterpillar. If you’ve written a poem you think would appeal to 7–11-year olds, then why not enter this year’s Caterpillar Poetry Prize? The poem can be on any subject, and there’s no line limit.
They are very excited to have the incomparable John Hegley – poet, musician and comedian – to judge this year’s prize! John has published several collections of poems, including a volume for children called My Dog is a Carrot. He also co-edited an anthology of poetry for young people called The Ropes: Poems To Hold On To. He’s a regular at Edinburgh Festival and on BBC Radio 4. His most recent collections are Peace, Love and Potatoes, New & Selected Potatoes and I am a Poetato.
The winning poem will feature in the summer 2017 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.
Last year’s winner, Laura Mucha, had this to say about the prize: ‘I love writing poetry for children, and believe it’s one of the best ways of getting young people interested in language, reading and performance. I think The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an important award, particularly as there are so few outlets for children’s poets, and it’s a huge honour to have won it.’
HOW TO ENTER
The Prize is open to anyone (over 18), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.
You can enter online or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an entry form or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poem(s) attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.