Competitions can be a great way to get into reading, discussing and writing poetry.

This section lists a variety of annual or current writing competitions that are open to children and young people. Many offer teaching resources and lesson plans which provide a rich context for exploring poetry and could be of use whether or not you enter.

Check below to find out more...

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National Young People’s Slam 2016

Young people from across Scotland will take part in poetry and performance workshops leading up to the first National Young People’s Poetry Slam where they will compete for the title of National Young People’s Slam Master 2016. The project deliberately targets educational and social disadvantage, crossing traditional barriers by using fun, youth culture elements to nurture language and literacy and to engage young people in literature. Find out more here or at the Facebook page

Poetry By Heart Scotland


Our flagship competition challenges students to learn two poems from our specially curated database and perform them at school, regional and national level. Yes, I'm biased but it's a brilliant experience and it's not just me who says so: check out the film of the 2016 national finals and find out what the participating students go out of the competition. REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR 2016-17

Green Pencil Award

(P4-P7, Edinburgh schools only)

Closing date: 14 October 2016 

The Green Pencil Award is a creative writing competition with an environmental theme. This year's theme is ‘Scotland’s Glorious Gardens’.You could write a poem or story about a local or favourite park or garden, or a memorable visit to a well-known Scottish garden like the Botanic Gardens or Princes Street Gardens. For inspiration and more information click here