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Many thanks to all those who entered this year's competition. The winner will be notified by 30 April 2016.

The winning poem will feature in the summer 2016 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended stories may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.

The prize is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 711).

Last year's winner, Louise Greig, had this to say about the prize: I am a huge fan of The Caterpillar and was delighted and inspired by the competition. Louise has since gone on to clinch a publishing deal in the UK as a direct result of winning the competition. You can read her winning poem 'Don't Think of an Elephant' in the Irish Times.


You can read about last year's winner here