Children's Poetry Competition 2022

Thank you so much to all the schools and individuals who sent in poems. 

Our guest judges - Samuel Prince, Vanessa Lampert, Tessa Foley and Henry St Leger - were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries. 

We are delighted to announce the winners:

Reception – Year 3


Winner: Clara Kelly

Highly Commended: Tasso Pleeth and Agatha Liu


Years 4 - 6


Joint winners: Iris Archard and Oliver Kersley Williamson


Year 7 - 9


Winner: Ryan James Evans

Highly Commended: Ayanna Gulati and Jet Pariera-Jenks



Year 10 - 13


Winner: Elsie Hayward

Highly Commended: Emily Hunt and Izzy Reilly


Outstanding School: Edmund Waller Primary School

Highly commended - Holbrook Primary School



Ally Willoughby

Alodia Alvarino-Baeza

Anna Kirkman

Artie Campbell
Astrid Morris-Leveque

Ayla McKenzie

Cara Stevens

Elisa McKenzie

Ella Askham

Emily Ayre

Emily Marshall
Eva Cooper

Evelyn Chia

Freia Leech

Freya Black

Halle Preneta

Harris Cheney

Ilea Worley

James Bambrook

James Cox

Jemima Craig

Joe Cardy

Juncheng Sun

Laura Shone

Livi Moorbey

Mabel Bailey

Martha Price

Mathilda McKenzie

Mila Jayapal

Muna White

Myla McGinn

Noah Dawson

Nuri Kenes

Orlando Peck

Penelope Dominique

Rose Hettiarachchi

Rosie Kersley Williamson

Ruby Fielding

Safia Cross

Sebastian Higham

Tayyibah Latif

Tasso Pleeth
Theo Maloney

Thomas Cox

Toby Barnett-Jones

William Ford

Ziva Patel


Order the 2022 anthology

The shortlisted poems from 2022  will be published in this brand new anthology, brilliant with wonderful writing. Order your copy here:

Every year we fundraise to cover the costs of the children's poetry competition, including the prizes, the publishing of the anthology and the administration. You can make a donation to our fundraising below. 

Watch here the 12 winning poems from the 2020 competition, performed by poet Kirsten Irving and actor Neil Urquhart.