The National Literacy Trust has just launched our first Poetry Prize in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. We are asking people to write a poem of up to 16 lines, on the themes of reading and/or literature. Poems will be aimed at children/young people.
As we have seen from our recent fantastic research, poetry is particularly popular among more disadvantaged young people who are more likely to read poems outside class than their peers (21.0% vs. 15.4%) – and this has been true for the past five years. The poem that wins this competition will ultimately be used to inspire children through a poster campaign across the country. This prestigious prize also includes an iPad and £250 worth of Bloomsbury books.