The Manchester Writing for Children Prize 2014

Manchester Metropolitan University launches a brand new Manchester Writing for Children Prize...Read more>



The Manchester Writing for Children Prize 2014 Deadline for entries: 28th February 2014 Judges: Mandy Coe, Imtiaz Dharker and Philip Gross“This is a great initiative – putting children’s poetry in the same league of seriousness as the other Manchester prizes.” Philip Gross.  Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy – Professor of Contemporary Poetry and Creative Director of the Manchester Writing School at MMU – MMU is launching the brand new Manchester Writing for Children Prize. The Prize is open internationally to both new and established writers aged 16 or over (there is no upper age limit) and invites the submission of a portfolio of poetry to be read by children within the age group of 5 to 12. Portfolios should contain three to five poems, totalling no more than 120 lines. The entry fee is £12 per portfolio of poems. Prizes include:

  • publication of selected pieces from long-listed entrants in a new anthology;
  • an invitation to appear alongside Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at a special event at the 2014 Manchester Children’s Book Festival for the short-listed entrants;
  • and a cash prize of £2,000 for the overall winner – to be announced at that event.*

For further details, visit the website: where you can enter online or download a printable entry form for postal submission. If you would like to be sent a printed entry pack for postal submission, just reply to this email ( with your address and we’ll send one out to you. *Terms and conditions apply.

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