The Caterpillar Poetry Prize


If you have written a poem you think would appeal to children, then why not enter The Caterpillar Poetry 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The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.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, Roger McGough and Michael Morpurgo.

Previous winners include Louise Greig, Coral Rumble, Laura Mucha and Christine McBeth .

‘Please remember that the competition is simply to spur you on to write, to find your own voice as a writer. Keep writing, keep reading, and you will discover the power of your own voice. And that’s important.’ Michael Morpurgo

‘I was astonished and delighted to hear that I had won The Caterpillar Poetry Prize.’ Christine McBeth

‘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

The prize is €1,000 plus publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.


Naomi Shibab Nye is the author of numerous books of poems for adults and children. Her honours include awards from the International Poetry Forum, the National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award and four Pushcart Prizes. In 1988, she received the Academy of American Poets’ Lavan Award, judged by W. S. Merwin. She served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2010 to 2015, and is currently the Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate.


The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.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**

Please remember to read the RULES of the competition before you enter.

The winner will be announced in June 2022 and the winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar.


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