Hello everyone. Here are the WINNERS of the Riding a Lion competition. Well done Lily McKay, Hala, Alyssa Theofanidis, Harshita Das, Tom Gerans, Iona Mandal, and Ella Hollins. The standard was so high that we’ve chosen ten other poems as RUNNERS-UP. No prize but very well done. And thanks to everyone who entered. To see the winners and runners-up go to Poems and scroll down to Competition Entries. Then “Older Poems”. A new competition coming soon, so watch this space.

Since 1998 The Poetry Zone has published around 30,000 poems by young people and has had millions of visitors – children and teenagers, real live poets and other adults – who want to check us out, especially teachers who use the Poetry Zone as a fun way of teaching poetry in their schools.

NOTE TO SCHOOLS SENDING POEMS. I’m very happy for schools to send us poems. But I do edit all poems – in the same way that poems would be edited in a book. This does take time – and so I would ask schools to limit the number of poems sent. If a school sends, say, 30 poems – one from every class member – I may have to choose a selection to appear in the Poetry Zone. Schools may, however, send as many poems as they would like for competitions..

Poo Poo Poo! Rude poems can be very funny but be warned – if you send us poems about farts, bottoms or poo they won’t be appearing in the Poetry Zone. So please stop sending us rude poems. 

And do please remember that all the poems you send should be your own original work. Meanwhile keep writing and sending us poems. We love to read them. Be careful and stay safe


Riding a Lion

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Latest Poems


by Charlottei aged 11

bought it from the shop
in each bag six
spin the plastic open
doing professional tricks

take the one on top
crumbing everywhere
I should probably mop
there’s even crumbs stuck in my hair!

…Read the rest

Harley Davidson and his Bad Mother

by Charlottei aged 11

Harley had a bike
It went VROOM
He didn’t like to hike
Nor stay in his room

His mum Ms. Davidson
Wasn’t proud of Harley
She’d say “Stay hidden”
As she drank “barley”


…Read the rest

Tea Party

by Charlottei aged 11

Wrote the invitations
With love and care.
Forgot to second think –
What if nobody was there?

Got the sweets and candy,
Of course chocolate cake!
Spent money on an oven
so the treat

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