CLPE Children’s Poetry Award

Submissions have opened for the CLPE Children’s Poetry Award 2018, the CLiPPA 2018. Publishers are invited to submit books of children’s poetry published in 2017 for the award that celebrates outstanding new children’s poetry.

This year the Chair of the Judging panel is poet and first ever CLiPPA winner, Grace Nichols. She is joined by Anthony Anaxagorou, the poet and founder of Out-Spoken Press, Charlotte Hacking, CLPE Learning Programme Leader, Imogen Lycett Green, Director of the Betjeman Poetry Prize for Young Poets, and Kate Wakeling, last year’s winner (see our 2017 blogpost here).

Grace Nichols said: “Poetry is so important for children because it helps them to see the world with new eyes, as each poem is like a freshly created little universe, at the same time awakening them to the power, beauty and rhythm of language.”

The shortlist is announced in May this year, and the winner will be revealed at the Poetry Show in June in the Olivier Theatre at the National Theatre. 

Research evaluation from the training that CLPE has provided in poetry showed that poetry provides a means for children to find and develop their own voice bringing a wide range of benefits, particularly development of their own writing.

And this year, CLiPPA is again running the Shadowing Scheme in schools, and CLPE will create teaching materials for all shortlisted books. Shadowing schools will be able to win copies of the shortlisted titles, as well as have the opportunity to attend or even perform at the CLiPPA Poetry Show. 

For more information about the award, and the shadowing scheme, visit 


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