Word Up!

The search for Worcestershire's next Young Poet Laureate

Our exciting Word Up competition is calling for young people to put to pen to paper and compete for the coveted title of being Worcestershire’s next Young Poet Laureate.

We are looking for young poets aged 13 to 19 with something to say and who love saying it with words. We're not necessarily looking for the next Shakespeare or Kate Tempest but if one is found, they won't be turned away!

What is a Poet Laureate?

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate is a title that will last for one year. The winner of our Word Up competition will be asked to:

  • act as a champion for poetry to encourage and inspire other young people.
  • write poems to celebrate special events or occasions in Worcestershire
  • perform at events in libraries, schools, festivals, and other community events.

Who can enter the Word Up competition?

Our competition is open to 13 to 19 years olds who live in Worcestershire or attend school, college, university or youth club in Worcestershire.

What do you need to do to enter?

Young people need to submit two poems, one of which needs to be on the subject of 'Change'. The other one can be on any subject. The poems can be any length, and in any shape or form you like. Entry is free but only one entry per person.

Download: The application form

What is the prize?

As well as being known as Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate (what a great thing for future CVs!), the winner will get a great trophy. They will also be paid to write and perform more poems throughout the year.

When is the closing date?

Midnight on Monday 31 December 2018

When will the winner be announced?

It is planned to shortlist all the entries into a final 12 by Friday 4 January 2019 and hold a grand final, where the winner will be announced at The Hive on Sunday 20 January 2019. All finalists will be asked to perform both of their poems at the final. Coaching will be provided for nervous or inexperienced performers.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Elaine Knight:

Telephone: 01905 947300 or 07776 530554
Email: e.knight@severnarts.org.uk

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2019

Our winner in 2019 was Sophie Green.

Read Sophie's winning poems

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2018

Our winner in 2018 was CJ Evans from Wythall.

Read CJ's winning poems

Worcestershire's Young Poet Laureate 2017

Our winner in 2017 was Oakley Flanagan from Hanbury.

Read Oakley's winning poem