Writing poetry for children
Looking for some pointers on writing poems for children? This excellent article looks at what children like in poems and where to get ideas for content and form. http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/FF-writing-poetry-for-children.php
Classical Poems for Children
What makes a poem a classic? Reading the poems that have survived the test of time might not provide the answer but certainly makes for interesting reading. Check out this collection by poets such as Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson and Edward Lear. http://storyit.com/Classics/JustPoems/
- The 2015 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards competition for students received 9852 poems from 655 schools. Winners have been announced. Visit here for full details. Planning for the 2016 competition is now underway. The optional theme has been approved as ‘Waiting’ and the competition will run from 1 March to 30 June.
- Somerset National Poetry Prize
Open to Australian secondary students under 19 years of age
Closing Date 11 December
Do you know a young person with a flair for writing poetry? This competition is being held in conjunction with the Somerset Celebration of Literature 2016. Its purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also has the aim of inspiring and enriching youth literature. Category prizes of $300 plus flights to attend the festival. Full details here.
To rhyme or not to rhyme?
Where do you get ideas? How do you write a poem? Do poems have to rhyme? What makes it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme? Who publishes poetry? How do I become a children’s poet? What is your top tip for writers who want to write poetry for children?
These are among the myriad questions asked by writers who want to write poetry. How would you answer them? If you have a poetry pointer to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep submissions of poetry coming in for the Poem of the Day. Your submissions are much appreciated and I’m enjoying them immensely. If you’re a poet who is still thinking about whether to submit, please do! Poems are always needed and get posted so long as they are suitable for children (including teenagers). Previously published poems can be submitted provided you still retain copyright. Email email@example.com
Articles, events, information and interviews
ACP is also happy to accept information about children’s poetry activities and events in Australia and overseas, poetry links, competitions, interviews with poets or publishers, poetry book reviews and relevant articles.