110 Poetry Competition

Open to children and young people, help us celebrate our 110th anniversary in verse.

10 February 2020 - 21 April 2020


Your children or pupils can win book tokens and see their poems exhibited at Oikos Café and Erdington Library in our 110 Poetry Competition.

Organised by John Taylor Hospice in partnership with Oikos Café, the 110 Poetry Competition asks children and young people to write a poem about being 110 years old – to help the hospice celebrate its 110th anniversary.

John Taylor Community Fundraiser Isla Stroyan explains: “Our hospice was founded in 1910 so this year we are celebrating our 110th anniversary. We are one of the oldest hospices in the country – and this is something to shout about.

“And so we are asking children and young people to write a poem about being 110. It could be a poem about very old person or it could be a building, a tree or an animal – or in fact anything else which fires their imagination. If they would like to illustrate the poem even better as the winning entries will be on display at Oikos Café during May and then Birmingham Library.

“We received some amazing pictures in our art competition last year so we are really looking forward to seeing the wonderful poems from children and young people this year.”

To enter the competition simply download an entry forms here and return it, with your child’s artwork to Isla Stroyan, Community Fundraiser, John Taylor Hospice, 76 Grange Road, Birmingham B24 0DF. We have entry forms for individuals or schools.

Individual entry form

School entry form

Please see below for the full terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions:

  • The competition is open to children and young people aged 18 or under on 31 May 2020. The competition will be split into two age categories – under 12 and 12-18.
  • Closing date is 11.59pm on Tuesday 21 April 2020.
  • All poetry must be the original and created by the named child or young person.
  • Entries must fit onto one side of A4 paper, with the full name and age of the child or young person on the reverse of the artwork and an entry form attached. Photocopies of entry forms are accepted.
  • All entries must have the consent of the child or young person’s parents or guardians.
  • By entering the competition, winners agree to participate in promotional activity as required by John Taylor Hospice. This includes winning poem and names of winners to be displayed at the exhibition at Oikos Café during May 2020 and winners to have their photographs taken by John Taylor Hospice for use in media and social media.
  • Winners will be chosen by a judging panel from John Taylor Hospice, winners will be informed on the telephone number or email address provided on the entry form, the judges’ decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into, no part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • John Taylor Hospice reserves the right to amend the competition at any time.
  • We are unable to return entries so please photocopy, scan or photograph entries before sending them to us if you would like to retain a copy.

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