Have you written a poem you think would appeal to children? Then why not
enter The Caterpillar Poetry Prize!
Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by
an adult for children aged 7–11.
year since 2015, The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has been awarded to a single poem
by a single judge – among them John Hegley, Chrissie Gittins, Roger McGough and
winners include Louise Greig, Coral Rumble, Laura Mucha and Carole Bromley.
winning poems will be published in the Irish Times online.
'Winning The Caterpillar Poetry Prize brought me a book publishing deal and many wonderful opportunities thereafter. Thank you with all my heart.' Louise Greig
Michael Rosen is one of the most beloved figures in the
children's book world and is renowned for his work as a poet,
performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers'
works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books.
absolutely thrilled and delighted to have won The Caterpillar Poetry Prize. I
actually cried with joy when I got the email. I have won a number of
international poetry competitions with my poems for adults, but I can honestly
say this tops them all.’ Carole Bromley
I was astonished and delighted to hear that I had won The Caterpillar Poetry
‘I 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
‘Like 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
HOW TO ENTER
is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously
The poems can be on any subject.
The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can ENTER ONLINE
or send your
poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order (Irish only) 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
**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.
DATE 31 MARCH 2023
The winner will be announced in June 2023.
Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email email@example.com for