The Caterpillar Poetry Prize

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020


Dubbed the ‘patron saint of poetry’ by Carol Ann Duffy, McGough has published more than 50 books of adult's and children’s poetry. He was awarded a CBE for services to poetry and currently hosts Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.

'McGough has done for poetry what champagne does for weddings' Time Out

'McGough is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him' The Times

About the Prize

The prize is for a single unpublished poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11)

The poem can be of any length and on any subject. 

Anyone can enter, as long as they are over 16. 

Previous judges include Chrissie Gittins, Brian Moses and John Hegley. 

Previous winners include Laura Mucha, Louise Greig and Coral Rumble. 

The winner receives €1,000 plus publication in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. 

How to enter

The entry fee is €14 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like. 

You can ENTER ONLINE (where you'll be given the option to pay via PayPal or to send a cheque), or send your poem or poems along with a cheque or postal order made payable to ‘The Moth Magazine Ltd.’ with an ENTRY FORM or a cover letter with your name and contact details and the title of poems attached to: The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland. 
Please remember to READ THE RULES of the competition before you enter.

Call 00 353 (0)87 2657251 or email for more details.



23 Mar 2020


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