For aspiring poets, working out how to get your work read, heard, and recognised can be a real preoccupation. However ringing the endorsements of your family and friends might be – however much Grandma just loves your villanelle about Autumn – seeking a wider audience for your poetry can be an ideal next step if […]
We were blown away by the quality and variety of entries we received for the Even It Up poetry challenge – from food shortages to feminism, arranged marriage to identity crises, you showed us that your responses to global inequality are incredibly powerful and moving. After a really tough judging process led by SLAMbassadors UK […]
To help commemorate International Dylan Thomas Day (14 May 2016), why not submit your lines to Dylan’s Great Poem, a 100-line bilingual poem written by the young people of the world! The Great Poem opens for submissions on Thursday 28 April at 9.00 am, and everyone aged 7-25, living anywhere in the world, is invited to submit up to […]
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Young Poets Network is taking a closer look at some of his most famous poetic works – the sonnets. Explore the controversies surrounding this extraordinary collection of poems, and trace the legacy of Shakespeare’s sonnets right up to the present day. Shakespeare’s name may be synonymous with some of the […]
We’ve enlisted the help of poet and editor Holly Hopkins to give us some expert advice on how to edit, using examples from her own notebook.
We are absolutely thrilled to announce the winning and commended poets in the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition! We received over six hundred entries from young poets across the UK, and it was an extraordinary challenge to narrow down the many brilliant poems we received to the final two winners and twelve commended poets. Chair of judges Daljit […]
In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re talking to former Foyle Young Poets Sarah Fletcher and Phoebe Stuckes about gender, equality, and how they read their own (and each other’s) poems through a feminist lens. We hope Sarah and Phoebe’s words will inspire you to enter the Even It Up Poetry Challenge – we’d love to read your […]
Julia Bird, founder and Director of Jaybird Live Literature, shares some of her best insider advice for live literature producers
Young Poets Network is thrilled to be partnering with spoken word producer Melanie Abrahams to offer mentoring opportunities to two young writers.
We are delighted to announce the winners of the British Library Animal Tales Challenge!