Send us a poem about a special day. This can be a special day for you, such as your birthday. Or maybe a special day for a member of your family, like Mothering Sunday or your brother collecting an award in assembly. It might be the day the new puppy came or the day Dad drove the car into the pond. It could be a special day at school – maybe the day a famous poet visited the school, the Year 6 disco or the day Grandma and Grandad won the three-legged race at the school sports. You could also write about a special day in history: the day King Alfred burned the cakes, the day peace was declared after World War Two, the day England won the World Cup, the day we landed on the moon or the day we won a gold medal at the London Olympics. Poems can be long, short, rhyming or non-rhyming, or in any other kind of style. They can be sad, happy, serious or funny.
We have five signed copies of Read Me 1: A Poem for Every Day of the Year (Macmillan Children’s Books), chosen by Gaby Morgan, for the winners.
Read Me contains a poem for every day of the year from the very best modern and classic poets. There are 365 rhymes, verses and poems from the likes of Brian Patten, William Wordsworth, AA Milne, Emily Dickinson, Wes Magee, William Blake, Seamus Heaney, Ian McMillan, Gareth Owen and Walter de la Mare.
You may enter as many poems as you like. But remember – we are looking for originality. We suggest you write the poem first, save it on your computer, and cut and paste it. Do double check it – make sure it says what you want it to say, make sure it has a nice, flowing rhythm and check your spellings.
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 British or come from the UK to enter but poems must be in English. And you must be between 3 and 18 years old to enter. The winning poems and the best of the other entries will be published here in October.
Poems must be your own work. The competition will close on September 1st 2015. Good luck!