Family and Friends

Write a poem about your family or your friends. It’s been a difficult few months and most of us have missed meeting up with our friends. Lots of us haven’t been able to spend time with our grandparents, uncles and aunts and cousins either. So your poem might be about how you’ve missed them or how you’re looking forward to seeing them again. Maybe you’ve been in touch digitally – but what did it feel like not being able to hug? At home, maybe spending so much time cooped up with your close family was a difficult time for you, or maybe you really enjoyed it?

Your poem can be written in any style: Serious – maybe about how important friendship is; or funny – about something that happened to you during Lockdown (dad’s or mum’s first attempt at making bread perhaps).Try to keep your poems positive. And don’t use friends’ surnames. Even if you are saying nice things about them they may not want their names on the internet.

You can win Belonging Street by Mandy Coe (Otter-Barry Books) Poems about nature and protecting our planet and about family life and belonging, mingle with puzzle poems and riddles in this magical and warm-hearted new collection. We have six copies to give as prizes. 

Write your poem in the competition box below. And make sure you include your email address so that we can contact you if you win. You don’t have to be come from the UK to enter but poems must be in English. And you must be aged between 3 and 18 years old to enter. You may enter as many poems as you like. Poems MUST be your own work.

The six winners, plus the best of all the poems entered, will be featured here in September. (After you’ve sent your poem it won’t appear in The Poetry Zone in the normal way, so remember to come back and check in September.)

The competition closes on THURSDAY AUGUST 6th 2020

Good luck!

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