If you have written a poem you think would appeal to 7–11-year olds, then why not enter the prestigious Caterpillar Poetry Prize? The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject. A prize of €1,000 is given to the best poem, chosen by our judge Chrissie Gittins [chrissiegittins.co.uk]. Chrissie’s first two collections of poetry for children were shortlisted for the CLPE Award and three are Poetry Book Society Choices for the Children’s Poetry Bookshelf. Her poems have been animated for Cbeebies TV and are widely anthologized.
‘Chrissie Gittins knows just what words can do: she makes them dance, sing, sit still for a moment and then leap across the page with joy!’ Ian McMillan
The winning poem will feature in the summer 2018 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.
‘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