2 June 2013 Launch Party
|Join us at the Moth Studios to celebrate the launch of the first issue of The Caterpillar. There'll be all the the necessary ingredients for a great party – story time with actors Will Govan and Tommy Sharkey, music by Annie June Callaghan and Shane Carroll (on ukulele), amazing animation and a wonderful sea life exhibition by Kasia Zimnoch, as well as sweets and treats and games! Everyone welcome (including grown-ups). From 3-5pm.
3 October 2013 The Caterpillar is one of John Hegley's 'top ten children's poetry books' in The Guardian
It 's not even a book, but it still makes it on to the list! How about that for sneaky? Sharing the limelight with the likes of Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson. You can check out the list here.
1 September 2014 The Caterpillar Poetry Prize launched
The inaugural Caterpillar Poetry Prize - a prize for the best poem written by an adult for children (between the ages of 7 and 11) is now open. You can read more about it in The Bookseller.
1 May 2015 The Caterpillar Short Story Prize launched
Owing to the amazing response to The Caterpillar Poetry Prize, the inaugural Caterpillar Short Story Prize has been lauched - with a prize of €1,000 and publication in The Caterpillar for the winning story. You can read all about it here.
5 June 2015 Winner of inaugural Caterpiller Poetry Prize announced
You can read the winning poem 'Don't Think of an Elephant' by Louise Greig in the Irish Times.
6 December 2015
Richard J. Jones' wins €1,000 for his story 'Let's Just Say' in the inaugural Caterpillar Short Story Prize, and will be published in the spring 2016 issue of The Caterpillar.
June 2016 Cinderella poem wins €1,000 Caterpillar Poetry Prize
Laura Mucha's 'Dear Ugly Sisters' wins this year's prize. 'This one caught us off guard,' said Will Govan, publisher of The Caterpillar. 'It made us laugh out loud. It's very witty, but it's also written with a deftness of touch that makes it seem like it must have been easy to write. And that in itself is quite an achievement.' You can read the winning poem in the Irish Times.
December 2016 Poignant homeless tale wins Caterpillar Story for Children Prize
'The Man in the Hole' by Yorkshire GP Chris Preece was this year's winner. The judge, Mark Lowery, said it was 'a powerful and timely piece of writing that forces us to consider how we react to those "others" who turn up in our countries uninvited and unannounced.' Read it here in the Irish Times.
February 2017 John Hegley announced as judge of Caterpillar Story Prize 2017
We are very excited to have the incomparable John Hegley – the 'poet laureate of comedy' – to judge this year's prize! Closing date 31 March. You can enter here.
June 2017 'Clucking good poem for kids wins Caterpillar Poetry Prize'
Janet Turner's 'Auntie Aggie' has won this year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize! Read all about it here.
December 2017 'Tale with evil twist wins Caterpillar Story for Children Prize'
Jo Withers' 'Job Seekers' Club' bagged the first prize in this year's competition. You can read about all three winners here.
January 2018 Chrissie Gittins to judge the 2018 Caterpillar Poetry Prize!
4 June 2018 Winner of Caterpillar Poetry Prize announced!
15 August 2018 British PM Theresa May commends Coral Rumble on winning this year's Caterpillar Poetry Prize!
'I am writing to congratulate you on winning The Caterpillar’s annual prize for your poem Mustafa’s Jumper,' her letter began. You can read about it in this Irish Times books round-up.