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Below is a Selection of Recent Prize Winners. Congratulations to You All!

This page lists the official winners from our most recent free to enter national poetry competitions. Use this section to find out who won the latest poetry prizes - you can even read the winning entries and see which work the judges picked out!


Spring Awakening Winner

Flurries of snow were replaced by mild breezes, animals emerge from hibernation and new buds begin to bloom: spring had sprung! We invited you to submit a poem on the theme of spring.

Whatever your thoughts, we couldn't wait to read your poems!

Congratulations to our winner...




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Light and Darkness Winner

''Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light'' (Madeleine L'Engle). There is no light without darkness. There is no darkness without light. The symbolism of light and darkness has been used in many art forms throughout history. It's the coexistence of opposites, the battle of good vs evil. Though for some it is the light that they fear, and they find comfort in the anonymity of the dark... 

We invited you to write a thought-provoking poem, inspired by this theme, which was open for interpretation...




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Eternal Love Winner

Love is something that touches all our lives, whether it comes from our family , friends, pets or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with. What are your experiences of love? Do you cherish a memory of a first romance? Have you struggled with the pain of heartbreak? Whatever love means to you, we wanted to hear your thoughts in verse.




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Winter Wonders Winner

As the cold, dark nights drew in, we asked you what your thoughts on winter was? Whether you love or loath the winter season we wanted to hear your thoughts in verse.









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World Of War Winner

With Remembrance Day on the 11th November it was the time of year to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for our country. Whether war has affected you or your family or you would like to celebrate those soldiers who have fallen throughout history, we wanted to hear from you. Whatever your thoughts on war, we wanted to hear them through the power of poetry. Lest we forget.







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Mind Matters Winners

Many of us feel the benefit of writing poetry; it’s cathartic pouring our emotions on to paper! Why not unburden yourself with the power of your pen? We wanted you to release your inner poet!







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Road To Success Winner

The Road To SuccessHow do we measure achievements? Is it by what we gain in the material - money, fame, possessions? Is it winning - getting to the top of our profession, sport or hobby? Whatever it is you're proud of,  we wanted to read your thoughts in verse.





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Political Fortunes Winner

Political FortunesIf there was ever a time to be inspired by politics, it was last year. The EU Referendum, David Cameron's resignation, the Conservative leadership race, a new Prime Minister, the rise and fall and rise again of Boris Johnson. There was no shortage of material and we wanted to hear your thoughts.





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Perfect Pets - Winner

Perfect Pets CompetitionAs April is National Pet Month we were looking for you to create a special poem about pets: your pet, pet habits, a dream pet, unusual pets, what it’s like having a pet… anything that inspires you about our furry, feathered or scaly friends we wanted to hear.

Congratulations to the winner of £25 and a copy of Perfect Pets...





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Limerick Legends - Winner

Limerick Legends CompetitionThere once was a young poet from Limerick, who had to tell his poem pretty quick… That’s was behind our new competition Limerick Legends to celebrate National Limerick Day in May.

Congratulations to our winner...








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Inspirational Idol - Winner

Inspirational Idols

What does being an idol really mean? We invited you to write about what idols mean to you. Maybe there is an idol in your life that inspires you in some way or you’ve got something to say about what an idol is or should be.

Congratulations to our winner...


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Immersed In Words Winner

Congratulations to our general book winner who has won £25 for their poetry...

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The Life And Times - Winner

Everyone has a story. Every person experiences the ups and downs, the happiness and heartbreak that weave together to make up life. Whatever your experience we wanted you to use the power of the verse to us the story that deserves to be told.

Congratulations to our winner...





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Poetic Forms - Winner

The emphasis here is not what you write, but how you write it. We wanted you to write a poem using a specific poetic form.

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Love Is In The Air - Winner

Love is something that touches all our lives. Whether it comes from our family, friends, pets or that special someone we ch