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Open to young people across Hampshire in three age categories: 

4 to 7 years 

8 to 11 years 

12 to 16 years


In this year’s Hampshire Young Poets competition, you are invited to explore the theme of ‘Our world, our planet.’ Whether it’s your favourite place in the world to be or your thoughts on climate change, we want to read about what the words mean to you.  Write a poem of no more than 14 lines on this theme and send it to us for a chance to be one of the winning poets announced at the awards ceremony on:

Saturday 5 October 2024, at The Arc, Winchester as part of Winchester Poetry Day 2024


Competition opening date: Thursday 22 February 2024
Competition closing date: Wednesday 31 July 2024

First prize in each category:
£50 National Book Token

plus £50 P&G Wells Book Token for your school to spend on poetry books

Second prize in each category:
£25 National Book Token

plus £25 P&G Wells Book Token for your school to spend on poetry books

Third prize in each category:
£10 National Book Token

plus £10 P&G Wells Book Token for your school to spend on poetry books

Hampshire Young Poets is a partnership between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Winchester Poetry Festival.

Prizes kindly sponsored by P&G Wells and Paris Smith




How to enter



You can submit your poem here:


By post

To enter by post, on a separate sheet of A4 paper, please provide the following information: 

  • Name

  • Address

  • Age at time of submitting entry

  • Contact phone number

  • Email address

  • Where you heard about the competition.

Send your poem and entry sheet in an envelope clearly marked Hampshire Young Poets 2024: Our world, our planet to:

Hampshire Cultural Trust 
Chilcomb House
Chilcomb Lane
Hampshire SO23 8RB

At PG Wells

You can write and enter your poem by visiting The Poetry Desk, in the Children's sections at PG Wells bookshop, College St, Winchester. Here you will find everything you need to write your poem, including some prompts hidden within the desk itself. This desk will be set up for the duration of the competition, and the poems will be collected and forwarded on to the address above.

Competition rules

• The competition is free and open to any young person in the three specified age categories who lives or studies in Hampshire
• Poems should be no longer than 14 lines, in English, be the entrant’s own work and should not have been published  elsewhere, including online, and not have won any other competition. You may enter more than one poem if you wish
• No changes can be made once entries have been submitted
• Entries can be submitted online or by post
• Closing date: midnight GMT Wednesday 31 July 2024
• The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into
• The winners, runners-up and highly commended entrants (if applicable) will be contacted by email or post; unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted
• The awards ceremony will take place at The Arc, Winchester on Saturday 5 October 2024 as part of Winchester Poetry Day 2024


The winning entries will be available to view online on Friday 11 October 2024


Unfortunately we are unable to contact entrants who have not been successful.


You can visit the competition page on Hampshire Cultural Trust website 

In partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust

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