Please visit our new campaign, 2020 Children's Poetry Competition
2019 Children's Poetry Competition and Anthology
£1,110 raised
44% of £2.5k goal
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Ended Feb 7, 2020

We are Live Canon, and we organise poetry events, publish poetry, run workshops and courses for children and adults... You can find out more about us at

We're raising money here for our children's poetry competition. We have always run a poetry competition for adults, but 4 years ago, we ran our first competition for children aged 5-16. The response was overwhelming, with entries coming in from both individuals and schools. We were humbled by the sheer range and brilliance of what we were sent. Since then, we have tried to make this an annual competition, publishing a book of the shortlisted poems, and holding a prize giving event, at Greenwich Theatre, to make the children truly proud.

Uniquely, at the prize giving event, professional actors read the poems, without telling us if it is by a 5 year old or 15 year old. It is a tribute to the talent of all the young poets that these poems stand up on their own as great writing. 

With our adult competition, there is a small fee to enter. This helps with our admin costs and the costs of publishing the book and the event. But obviously we can't and won't charge an entry fee for the children's competition; we want it to be accessible to everyone. 

That means we have to raise money to make it happen. We have applied to a number of trusts and foundations, we get support in kind from Greenwich Theatre (thank you, thank you, thank you) and we actively look for sponsorship... but we also create this fundrazr to allow us to ask for help from individuals who might agree with us that this is a good thing. 

Your help is deeply appreciated. 


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