Are you aged 5 to 21 years?

2019 Young Poets Competition Results:

5-10 Age Category

Winner: Elin Beca Davies
Callum Smith
Highly Commended:
Elise Barnard, Ethan Hatzipanagos, Matilda Hobson, Seth Daniels

11-16 Age Category

Winner: Amelie Friess
Aleeyah Jalloh
Highly Commended:
Lacey Jones, Amy Webb, Hollie Fovargue

17-21 Age Category

Winner: Sarah Henderson
Sophie Hextall
Highly Commended:
Tomos Dargie, Ella Barnes

We've emailed the winners, runners-up, those deemed by the judges to be highly-commended and other worthy of inclusion in our collection for 2019.

Buy your copy of the 2019 Young Poets Collection here from 26th April or at Waterstones Stratford-upon-Avon:

The 2019 Young Poets Competition marks the legacy of poet and publisher Felix Dennis who supported the Festival so enthusiastically.

Who could enter? Anyone aged 5 to 21 living in the UK

What was the deadline? 5.30pm Monday 25th February 2019

What's the Prize? 5-10 years: £100, 11 to 16 years: £200, 17 to 21 years: £300

The winning and best poems will be published in a special Festival book

Submit your entry as a Word document attachment in an email ONLY please with the file name being your name and age, and with your name and address at the top of the document. Email it here.

The Small Print:
1. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
2. All entries must be in English, original and must not have been published or have won competitions elsewhere. Stratford Literary Festival will retain the copyright to the published collection of winning stories, but authors will retain the copyright to their individual submissions.
3. Poems must be a maximum of 600 words.
4. The competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities from 5 years to 21 years at date of competition deadline who are living in the UK.
5. Poems can be written on any theme but must not be offensive or defamatory.
6. We accept only one submission per entry and per person. All entries must comply with entry requirements and entries not submitted by email and in a Word document will not be considered. Please name the file with your name and age and all entries must include your name, address, and date of birth.
7. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date.
8. Writers will be notified before the launch of the Festival on 28th April 2019. Winning entries and runners-up, and best submissions, will appear in a Festival book which will be on sale at Waterstones Stratford-upon-Avon from 28th April 2019 and online. Authors of those submissions to be included will be notified.
9. By entering and supplying your email address you are allowing us to notify you about the Stratford Literary Festival. Your information will not be shared with any third parties.
10. Stratford Literary Festival is a registered charity in England: 1164662

Felix Dennis was a publisher, poet and planter of trees, and a great supporter of the Festival. He died in 2014. His Literary Executors are supporting the competition in his memory to encourage writers and poets.