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We’re thrilled to launch a brand new poetry competition to celebrate World Poetry Day 2021 and the launch of our new Access course in Creative Writing and Media. It’s your opportunity to unleash your creativity, showcase your words and win some amazing prizes!

The theme of the competition is the key. We hope this will be the perfect springboard to get you started. Do feel free to let your imagination run wild – we’re excited to see the different ways in which you interpret this theme!

The competition will be judged by Hopwood English lecturer Andrew Oldham. Andrew not only has an eye for written talent, but was also recently commissioned by Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Poetry Library for UNESCO World Poetry Day.

We all know that the creative art scene is flourishing in the region, especially since Manchester was named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2017. This competition is our way of identifying those unheard wordsmiths among us ahead introducing our Access course in Creative Writing and Media in September 2021.

Terms and Conditions


We will be announcing winners in three categories. These will be:

  • School pupils: You are eligible to enter this category if you are aged between 11–16 and attend High School.
  • Hopwood Hall College students: You are eligible for this category if you attend Hopwood Hall College. This includes all our adult and part-time learners.
  • Greater Manchester residents: You are eligible for this category if you are aged between 0–99+ and live in Greater Manchester.


The prize is a £50 Waterstones voucher and a framed print of your poem. We will award prizes to one winner from each category.

extended Deadline

You must submit your poem no later than 11:59 pm on Friday 14 May. We will announce the winners on our social channels on Friday 21th May.


You can submit your entry through a private message on any of our socials channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please submit your name, age, school or college (if applicable) and which category you wish to be considered for. You can only email:


  • Entries must be no more than 250 words in length.
  • Entries must be your own work.
  • Entries must not have been previously published, self-published or submitted as part of any previous competitions.