Young People's Poetry Competition: Where Do I Live?

Ealing Book Festival 2024 is running a Young People’s Poetry Competition on the topic of 'Where Do I Live?'

Entrants should compose poems in response to the question, 'Where do I live?' The poem can take any form you like so long as it is no longer than one side of A4.

Entries will be considered in the following age categories:

  • 7-10 years old

  • 11-13 years old

  • 14-16 years old


Please scan your entry and send it to competition@ealingbookfestival.com and include your name, age at the time of entry and an email and telephone number so we can contact you. The deadline for the submission of poems is 14th March 2024.

You can also leave your entry with Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery on Mattock Lane or Ealing Central Library in Ealing Broadway. If you choose to hand in your original artwork we won’t be able to return it so please take a copy for yourself. If you are a teacher/school and would like to enter a number of entries please use our form to help with this process.

The judges of the competition will be:

  • James Pendle, Poet and Chair of the judges

  • Abdul-Jabbar Malik, Ealing Libraries

  • Owen Gallagher, Poet

  • Fiona Kennedy, Pitshanger Book Shop

  • Lisa Kelly, Poet


All those shortlisted for a prize will be invited to a prize-giving at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery on Sunday 14th April 2024 when their poems will be on show. The prizes have been generously sponsored by Savills and Pitshanger Book Shop.

Competition Rules

  • The closing date for entries is 14th March 2024 at 5pm. Entries must be emailed or hand delivered by that time and date to be considered.

  • Each young person can enter only one poem. It must be their own original work. On the poems they should write their name, school and their age at the time of entry.

  • If a young person is not between 7 years old and 16 years old on the date of entry they cannot be considered.
    Poems can be handwritten or typed.

  • If you are handing in original copies please be aware we cannot return them so please either keep a copy for yourself or give us a copy.

  • Young poets can enter poems written at school or at home. They can submit the poems themselves or it can be sent in by their school.

  • Poems should be a response to the question, 'Where do I live?'
    For schools wanting to enter, please download the schools entry form to help us with the process of managing multiple entries from one place.

  • Copyright remains with the author. Authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant the organisers of Ealing Book Festival permission to publish, broadcast and/or use their poem in promotional displays including on the Ealing Book Festival website and social media.

  • We can only be in touch with those that have won prizes. We expect the prize-giving to take place around midday on Sunday 14th April but will confirm this when we are in touch.

  • The judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the decisions of the judges.