Established by the family of former Poet Laureate, the John Betjeman Poetry Competition seeks to foster a love of poetry in young people.  It is our aim to support literacy and creativity, encouraging children aged 10-13 to explore the world they see around them through rhythm and language.

Each child is invited to send in (by post or online) one poem on the theme of ‘place’.  You can choose anywhere that is important to you – from your bedroom to somewhere you visited on holiday, from your favourite park to your favourite building.   The subject of your poem could be a city or a garden or a beach or a street.  We are asking you to capture in words what that place means to you.

Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience of judges, entrants, teachers and parents as well as sponsors and press, at a prize giving held in October on the concourse of St Pancras station, next to the bronze statue of John Betjeman by Martin Jennings.  This year the prize of £1000 will be presented by our new Patron, Joanna Lumley.

If you submit any entries; Spaeda would love to see them and might just publish one or two in in our magazine! email with copies of any submissions.