Each year, young people from across the county are invited to take part in our poetry competition by submitting two examples of their work for review by a judging panel. Submissions are judged across 3 different age categories: 8 – 11, 12 – 15 and 16 – 18, with one winner per age bracket. Of the three finalists, one young person is awarded the title of Young Poet Laureate.   

The competition is run jointly by Worcestershire County Council and Severn Arts.

Through a range of events and opportunities, the programme celebrates young people’s writing talent and provides platforms for young people to make their voices heard, explore issues that matter to them and perform their work to a wide range of audiences. Previous winners have had their work published, performed live, been interviewed by local radio and commissioned to write more poetry.  

Read Ellie Dart's story - Young Poet Laureate 2020

Message from Ellie

See the published collection of poems by Worcestershire's young poets 2020

What’s the prize?

The winner of the Young Poet Laureate title will take part in commissioning opportunities, mentoring, creative residencies and various platforms to perform and talk about their work as well as having their winning poems published online and in print. The other two finalists will receive a certificate, £25 voucher and have one of their poems published online and in print.

How to apply 
  • Are you aged 8 – 18? 
  • Do you love writing? 
  • Interested in poetry? 

We want to hear from you! To apply, you’ll need to complete an application form and submit two poems as examples of your work:

  • Poem #1 - This poem must respond to the theme adventureIt might explore what adventure means to you, or the ordinary things that felt like an adventure during a lockdown, or convey something new you’ve tried... It’s up to you. 
  • Poem #2  - Your choice. This might be a poem you’ve previously written, or a new poem about anything at all.  

The deadline for this competition has now passed.