The Mayor’s Poetry Competition for schools

The Mayor’s Loddon Valley Poetry Competition for schools 2021


11/16/2021 2 min read

The Mayor’s Poetry Competition for schools 2021

The Mayor has launched a poetry competition for young people aged five to 16 years old to celebrate the River Loddon.

The River Loddon, runs through the borough of Basingstoke and Deane and is one of just 224 chalk streams on the planet, many of which are in the south of England. Chalk streams are vital, a unique part of our biodiversity of plants and animals and need protecting and preserving

The Mayor is inviting students to get involved and get creative by entering the competition with poems inspired by the River Loddon.

There are three age categories: five to seven, eight to 11, and 12 to 16. An iPad is up for grabs for the winner in each category, with book tokens for the runners up. The three winners and three runners-up will be invited to a presentation ceremony hosted by the Mayor early next year.

The six judges will be the Mayor Cllr Onnalee Cubitt, award winning poet Vic Pickup, publicist Atalanta de Jersey Lowney, English teacher Jean Elliot, English teacher Chris Fielding-Smith and bestselling author Lucy Jones.

The competition runs until Friday 17 December 2021.

How to enter

To enter the competition, you must be aged between five and 16 years old on the date of the deadline 16 December 2021.

It is free to enter.

Poems must be in English, British Sign Language or Braille.

Enter your poem by email to

More details can be found here

Good Luck!

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