Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry.

 Full details 

The Morrab Library has partnered with the Dennis Myner Trust for the second Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry. 

The children’s competition is open to entries from young writers all over the world and has two age categories –  aged 4 to 11 and 12 to 17.

It is free to enter and does not have a theme, to allow you to express your creativity freely and let your imagination run wild!

We hope you will enjoy writing poetry this summer! 

The competition closes on Friday 19th July 2024 (23:59 BST).

Competition Judges

Your poem will be judged anonymously by this fantastic trio of judges.

Competition judge Dicky Souray says: “I am particularly looking forward to the privilege of a window into the next generation of wordmagic-makers.”

Annamaria Murphy is a teacher and writer. She has written for Kneehigh and writes for BBC Radio 4 amongst others. She is also formerly Artistic Director of the Writers Block, and collaborates with musicians Bagas Degol. 

Dicky Souray is a freelance creative director/producer working across live performance. In 2017 he founded SproutSpoken, an ongoing spoken word poetry project that has raised the profile of the form across Cornwall.  

Keith Sparrow  is a writer, illustrator and performer based in Cornwall. He has written several books on the art of drawing manga, and runs regular workshops at The Writers’ Block in Redruth.

The Prizes

Aged 4-11

1st prize: £75

2nd prize: £50

3rd prize: £25

Aged 12-17

1st prize: £150

2nd prize: £100

3rd prize: £50

The shortlisted writers will be notified by the end of September 2024 and will be invited to a hybrid (online and in person) prize giving event in October in West Cornwall.


Competition rules & FAQs

We hope you’ll feel inspired to enter the Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry Children’s Competition 2024. Before you do, please read the rules below carefully to check that your poem is eligible and follows the formatting rules too. 

It is not necessary to have good spelling or perfect grammar to enter – poems will be judged on originality and creativity, rather than how they are executed.

Click here to read the competition rules

The Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry Privacy Policy can be found here and The Morrab Library full Privacy Policy can be found here.

If you have questions about the competition then here are some FAQs which might help.

If your question is not answered below then please email us at

Click here to read the FAQs

How To Enter

All entries must be submitted by an adult capable of giving permission on behalf of the child: a parent/guardian or the child’s teacher who has obtained the parent or guardian’s permission.

Entries should be submitted online via this form:

Or, if you would like to submit your entry by post, please print and fill in the postal entry form below and send the completed form, along with the poem, to: Children’s Poetry Prize, The Morrab Library, Morrab Gardens, Penzance TR18 4DA.

A note to teachers

Here is the ‘Teacher’s Entry Form’ for you to complete for your class and send to us along with their entries to: 

We hope you enjoy writing a poem for the Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry. The judges are really looking forward to reading your poems! Good luck! 



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