In My Country Poetry Competition

You are invited to enter the ‘In my country’ Poetry Competition for your chance to win one of the prizes. Your entry of one poem of 30 lines or less, along with the details on the entry form, will be accepted from 30 September to 31 December 2019.

About the judges

Jackie Kay is one of Britain’s best-known poets, and in 2016 she was named the new Makar, National Poet of Scotland. Malika Booker is an international writer who has worked with the BBC, the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. James Procter (Newcastle University) and Gemma Robinson (University of Stirling) complete the judging panel. They edited Out of Bounds: British Black and Asian Poets with Jackie (Bloodaxe Books, 2012).

About us

This competition is part of the Out of Bounds Poetry Project, a collaborative project based at the universities of Newcastle and Stirling. We work with partners to support researchers, writers and schools as they explore how poetry helps us to understand place, identity and belonging.

Individual submission for ages 11 & 12:

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Individual submission for ages 13 - 17:

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Teacher class submission for all ages, 11-17:

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Terms and Conditions: The competition is open to anyone attending school in the UK and aged between 11 and 17 years on 30 September 2019. The closing date for entries is 31 December 2019. Entrants may only submit one poem to the competition. Poems should not have been previously published in print or online. Winners will be notified no later than 30 April 2020. Entry to the competition is free and no purchase is necessary to enter. Entries will only be accepted when accompanied by an entry form (forms may be photocopied) or completed through the online entry form. The winners will be selected from all legible entries of poems of 30 lines or less. The judges’ decision is final and binding. Winning poems will appear on the Out of Bounds website and the Out of Bounds Poetry Project reserves the right to republish winning poems in future online and print publications. The first prize winner will receive a £100 book token plus £100 donation to your school or nominated community group. The second prize winner will receive a £50 book token plus £50 donation to your school or nominated community group. The third prize winner will receive a £25 book token plus £25 donation to your school or nominated community group. Ten highly commended writers will receive £10 book tokens. No equivalent prize value or alternatives will be offered. The promoter accepts no responsibility for entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post or via the online entry form. No correspondence will be entered into. Promoter: Out of Bounds Poetry Project, Percy Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Privacy Notice: The Out of Bounds Poetry Project processes information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The personal data collected on this form and the online form will be held securely. Personal data from the entry forms will not be shared with any third parties and will only be used for communication about the competition. If you have any questions relating to this form or the way we are planning to use your information please contact us at


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