The Caterpillar Poetry Prize

Deadline: 31 Mar 2023

Have you written a poem you think would appeal to children? Then why not enter The Caterpillar Poetry Prize!
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.  
Every year since 2015, The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has been awarded to a single poem by a single judge – among them John Hegley, Chrissie Gittins, Roger McGough and Michael Morpurgo. 
Previous winners include Louise Greig, Coral Rumble, Laura Mucha and Carole Bromley. 
1st prize €1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France
2nd prize €500 
3rd prize €250 
The winning poems will be published in the Irish Times online.  
Michael Rosen is one of the most beloved figures in the children's book world and is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers' works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books.
‘I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to have won The Caterpillar Poetry Prize. I actually cried with joy when I got the email. I have won a number of international poetry competitions with my poems for adults, but I can honestly say this tops them all.’ Carole Bromley
I was astonished and delighted to hear that I had won The Caterpillar Poetry Prize.’ Christine McBeth 

‘I am a huge fan of The Caterpillar and was delighted and inspired by the competition.’ Louise Greig
‘The Caterpillar is such a unique and inspired magazine. Winning The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is all shades of wonderful!’ Coral Rumble

‘I think The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an important award, particularly as there are so few outlets for children’s poets, and it’s a huge honour to have won it.’ Laura Mucha
‘Like all of us, I spend more of my life than I’d like to reading emails. Recently I opened one from The Caterpillar. Now all I want to do is write something that could make a reader feel half as happy as reading that email made me.’ Fergal McNally
The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

The poems can be on any subject.

The entry fee is €15 per poem. You can ENTER ONLINE or send your poem(s) along with a cheque or postal order (Irish only) made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of your poem(s) attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland H14 K768. 

**If you are concerned about formatting online, please go through the online process and then email your poem as a Word attachment with your entry number directly to** 
Please remember to READ THE RULES of the competition before you enter.

The winner will be announced in June 2023.

Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email for more details.