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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Walking around
Nobody there
Walking and no talking
She hid in the shadows
Buried her pain
Only to be forgotten again


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Love is true
Love is you

Love is me
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by Martha aged 10

My friend is dyslexic,
She hates it so much,
She doesn’t like to talk about it,
She keeps it bottled up.
She’s not proud of herself,
Although I try to tell her it’s unique,

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