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2019 Poetry Competition

Are you aged 12 to 17 and a budding poet? If so, take part in this year's Poetry Competition for the chance to win some fantastic prizes!


The competition

Write a poem that begins with the word 'Afterwards'. It can be on any topic, any length and in any style.

The competition is open to all students aged between 12 and 17 who attend a UK school. The competition will be judged in two age groups: 12-14 and 15-17. 

Use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your entry.


The prizes

1st prize: £50 worth of book tokens

2nd prize: £25 worth of book tokens

The winning poets will have the opportunity for their poems to be published on the FLY website and in the 2019 Best of FLY anthology.

The author of the overall winning poem from all entries will also win a Kindle Fire.


The Norfolk Prize

The best poem written by a student attending a Norfolk school will win the chance to have their poem turned into an animated film, thanks to the talented FLY partner, SOMO Global. The winner will also be invited to visit SOMO Global's fantastic studio in London.


The judges

Lewis Buxton

A UEA almnus, Lewis's work has appeared in Ambit Magazine, Magma, and Oxford Poetry. He came third in the 2018 Magma Poetry Prize as well as being been shortlisted for the York Literary Festival Prize, the Oxford Brookes International Prize. Lewis has performed around the UK and teaches creative writing in schools and libraries, focusing on how to build creativity and confidence in young people. 


Jeremy Noel-Tod

As well as teaching Literature at UEA, Jeremy is also a poetry critic who has written for numerous national publications. in 2013 he edited The Oxford Companion for Modern Poetry and his anthology, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, was published last year to rave reviews.

Jos Smith

Jos is a poet and lecturer in comtemporary literature at UEA. A passionate and engaged environmentalist, he is the author of The New Nature Writing, Rethinking the Literature of Place. His first collection of poems, Subterranea, published in 2016, explores humankind's relationship with the earth it shares.


Closing date

To be in with a chance of winning these fantasic prizes, please submit your entry using the form below by Friday 5 April 2019.

Submit your entry