|2020: The Zebra with the Leopardskin Pants by Fergal McNally|
‘I knew I was in good hands when I set off on the journey with a zebra who felt like an outsider in his community, through no fault of his own. There was a happy conclusion to the poem that will appeal to any young reader who may sometimes feel out-of-step with the world. Should we need it, there is a Zaggeldy Creek waiting somewhere for all of us.’ Roger McGough (judge)
Roger McGough also commended poems by Brian Cooke, Jackie Hosking, Joseph Moorwood, Kate
O’Brien, Coral Rumble, Robert Schechter and Sarah Ziman.
Read Fergal's winning poem here
2019: Wonder-pudderful by Andrew Weale
hooked from the moment I read “a hyphen had swept between them/like a bird/and
joined them with its wings”. I love the way that the word existed only for a
brief moment in time, but it reminded me of something that the French writer
Montaigne once said: a rose blooms once and then dies, but for anyone who saw
the rose, it blooms forever. This poem has such potential and children will
love the idea behind it.’ Brian Moses (judge)
Read Andrew's winning poem here
|2018: Dear Mustafa by Coral Rumble |
‘The Caterpillar is such a unique
and inspired magazine. Winning The Caterpillar
Poetry Prize is all
shades of wonderful! So honoured, and a little dazed.’ Coral Rumble
Read Coral's winning poem here.
2017: Auntie Aggie by Janet Turner
‘There were many happinesses in
the poetry I read, but "Auntie Aggie" won out in the end. The
opening is very strong and in-drawing. The story flies straight and trusted and
there are many incidents of delight – and "bum" and "pants" seemed necessary,
not merely decorative.’ John Hegley (judge)
Read Janet's winning poem here.
2016: Dear Ugly Sisters by Laura Mucha
‘I love writing poetry for children, and
believe it’s one of the best ways of getting young people interested in
language, reading and performance. I think The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an important
award, particularly as there are so few outlets for children’s poets, and it’s
a huge honour to have won it.’ Laura Mucha
Read Laura's winning poem here.
2015: Don't Think of an Elephant by Louise Greig
‘I am quite stunned and
absolutely thrilled that my poem has won the inaugural Caterpillar Poetry
Prize!’ says Louise. ‘I am a huge fan of The Caterpillar and was
delighted and inspired by the competition.’ Louise Greig
Read Louise's winning poem here.