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


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A Question From the Mars

by Tanuri Thumbowita

Once upon a time
When she lived on Mars
An alien asked
“How can we recognize an Earthling?”

Then she smiled and said,
“They look very nice ,
Their smile looks very bright,

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Best Friend

by Mizscorpio

You are my best friend; you belong in my heart.
We go through ups and downs, but still nothing can tear us apart.
I know you as a sister, and I will always care.
Love, respect, and

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What Am I?

by Keyuri Singh aged 10

What Am I?

Tail wagger
Face liker
Kibble cruncher
Kitchen raider
Ball retriever
Bone nibbler
Loud woofer
Fur shedder
What am I?

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