MICHAEL MORPURGO TO JUDGE THE
CATERPILLAR POETRY PRIZE 2021!
you have written a poem you think would appeal to children, then why not
enter The Caterpillar Poetry Prize?
ABOUT THE PRIZE
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for
an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.
Every year since 2015, The Caterpillar Poetry Prize
has been awarded to a single poem by a single judge – among them John Hegley, Chrissie
Gittins and Roger McGough.
Previous winners include Louise Greig, Coral Rumble,
Laura Mucha and (last year) Fergal McNally.
am a huge fan of The Caterpillar and was delighted and inspired by the competition.’ Louise Greig
‘The Caterpillar is such a unique and
inspired magazine. Winning The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is all shades of
wonderful!’ Coral Rumble
‘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
all of us, I spend more of my life than I’d like to reading emails. Recently I
opened one from The Caterpillar. Now all I want to do is write something that could make a
reader feel half as happy as reading that email made me.’ Fergal McNally
prize is €1,000 plus publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.
This year’s judge is none other than Michael Morpurgo!
Michael Morpurgo has written over 130 books for children, but
is probably best known for his
novel War Horse, which was made
into a film by Steven Spielberg. He
was Children’s Laureate from
2003 to 2005. The charity Farms for City Children, which he founded thirty
years ago with his wife Clare, has now enabled over 90,000 children to spend
a week living and working down on the farm. He was knighted in 2018 for
services to literature and charity.
HOW TO ENTER
The Prize is open to
anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
The poems can be on any subject.
The entry fee is €14 per poem. You can ENTER ONLINE
or send your
poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine
Ltd.’ with an ENTRY FORM
or a cover letter with your name and contact
details and the title of your poem(s) attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan
Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768.
**If you are concerned about formatting online, please go through the online
process and then email your poem as a Word attachment with your entry
number directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Please remember to read the RULES
of the competition before you enter.
CLOSING DATE 31 MARCH 2021
The winner will be announced in June 2021 and the winning poem will appear in
the summer issue of The Caterpillar.
Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email email@example.com for