Poetry Competition

A fantastic opportunity for pupils at ISA Members’ schools to showcase their poetry writing skills and have their work read by a renowned poet. Open to key stages 1-5.

Poetry Competition 2021

This year's competition was judged by Steven Camden AKA Polarbear. The prompt for this year, "My Big Mouth", was taken from Camden's novel of the same name. Well done to all the students who submitted their poems. Results can be viewed below.



This competition is now closed. 


ISA Poetry Competition 2021 - Results

The 2021 Poetry Competition was very close-run, with students submitting brilliant writing across all the age categories. Our first round judges Paul and Caroline Spendlove said "This year, the quality and quantity of the entries was very high. We have come to expect cleverly crafted and structured poetic writing from our pupils and students. It must be so difficult for our schools to choose just three poems from so much talent and variety. It's not easy!"

Our finalist judge was celebrated poet Steven Camden. He is a spoken word performer, and has written books including Everything All At Once and his latest children's novel My Big Mouth. Steven said "Oh my days, this was hard!  Such distinct and clear styles and voices. I think I’ve read and reread each piece at least ten times!"

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Congratulations to all who made it through to the finals and a special congratulations to the winners from Newbridge Preparatory School, Thorpe Hall School and Our Lady of Sion School.

ISA Poetry Competition 2021 - Results


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Only schools whose Head is a member of the ISA are eligible to enter these competitions. Please contact our membership department if you wish to make an enquiry about joining the ISA.