Under My Sky: a poetry competition for children at primary school

Get your class inspired about nature and writing and they might win your school a fantastic prize...  

Here's a brilliant writing competition for primary schools only (all years)! 

We want children to write a poem about nature or their local environment.

You can choose to rhyme or not rhyme, write your poem out like a shape or simply line by line – there's no right or wrong, it's entirely up to you!

The competition will be judged by incredible author and poet Nicola Davies, who is also our Writer in Residence. 

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Nicola Davies says:

'Look out of your window, even if all you can see is buildings, nature is all round you: the air and the clouds constantly changing are created by the life of our planet.

'Look at your face in the mirror, your hand holding the pen; evolution gave you a face, a hand that can hold a pen, a brain that can think. And evolution is the history of nature, a story that connects us all to each other and to every living thing alive now and that has been alive in the long journey of our planet.'

What will you win?

  • One winner gets a school visit from Nicola Davies, plus a stack of Nicola’s books for their library
  • Two runners-up each get a bundle of Nicola Davies' books
  • The winning poem and 20 runners-up will be showcased on the BookTrust website

Check out our writing tips

Important bits

  • This is a competition for pupils of primary school age – you can take part as a class or enter children individually
  • The deadline is 5pm on Friday 18 January 2019
  • Poems should be sent by a named contact at the school; the child's name, age, school and contact must be included with each entry

Schools can send in entries in the following ways:

  • Post: Anna McKerrow, G8 Battersea Studios, 80 Silverthorne Road, Battersea, London SW8 3HE
  • Email: digital@booktrust.org.uk. Please attach the entries to your email or, alternatively, send us a link from Dropbox or another file hosting service. It is best not to use a file transfer service like WeTransfer, as these links tend to expire after a set amount of time

Terms and conditions

  1. To enter the competition, you must be a resident of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  2. The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of BookTrust
  3. This competition is for primary schools only; each school may enter as few or as many poems as they wish
  4. Entries must be submitted by 5pm on 18 January 2019
  5. BookTrust reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time, so do keep checking the website
  6. The poems must be on the subject of nature or the local environment; there is no word or line limit
  7. Entries will be judged by BookTrust and Nicola Davies. Our decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into
  8. Winners and runners-up are expected to be notified by 25 February 2019, although this is subject to change
  9. The visit to the winning school will be arranged in the next school year independently between Nicola Davies and the school

Good luck!

We can't wait to read your poems...

Writer in Residence

Our current Writer-Illustrator in Residence is Nicola Davies, who is writing blogs, running competitions and giving us her unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Find out what she's been up to