Deadline 1st July


Taunton Live Arts
Competition (6-17yrs)


Taunton’s Fire River Poets, in partnership with Make Performing Arts, invite young poets to enter their Young Poets Competition as part of the Taunton Live Arts Festival in July.

The competition has three age group categories: age 7-9, age 10-12, age 13-16.

The competition, will be judged by members of the Fire River Poets.

The theme is Climate.

There is no entry fee.

Entrants are asked to write a poem which examines climate in any way at all – a trip to a hot country in which the heavens open, say, or a beautiful tropical island where an argument ruins everything. Perhaps a poem set in school on a particular day, or a cultural mistake made in a foreign country. Your poem could also refer to emotional climate. Have you ever called a friend on the phone and just known something was wrong, even if they did not say so? Or have you been the bearer of bad news – or good news, like a cat being found?

Anything is welcome, and the more surprising and interesting the better!

Poems need not rhyme – indeed poems might be more effective without rhyme unless writers are very skilled at this. There are three age categories with three prizes in each. Each prize-winner will receive a book token, journal and pen and publicity for their poem. All prize-winning and commended poets will be invited to an awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 12th July at the Brewhouse, Taunton, where the winning poems will be displayed and the prize-winning poets can give a reading of their work.

Full details and how to enter can be found on the Taunton Live Arts website: