Poetry competition

As climate change affects the weather unusual events become much more likely. This leads to extreme weather events such as the flooding recently seen in the UK but is happening all over the World. 

The theme of our competiton is ‘What happens when the weather changes?’ This is your opportunity to get creative and pen a poem about what this means to you.

Our competition will run from National Poetry Day  (01 October) and run until Thursday 12 November with winners being announced on 26 November.

Who can enter?

The competition is for those aged 18 and under and will be divided into three categories:

  • Up to year 9
  • Years 10 and 11
  • Years 12 and 13

Entries are restricted to one per person with a maximum of 30 lines for the entry. Short lists will be created for each category which the judging panel will then select a winner and two runners up for each category. Here are the full terms and conditions.

The judging panel will be made up of Prof Robert Van der Noort, Vice Chancellor, Prof Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology and Yasmine Shamma, Lecturer in English Literature, all from the University of Reading. 

Winners will receive a voucher and be offered the chance to come to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in 2021 to read their poem. Two runners up in each category will receive a Beware: Floods Ahead t-shirt.

How to submit your poem

Once you’ve written your poem you can submit it using this form and you’ll receive and automatic confirmation of receipt. 


Enter our poetry competition