National Non-Fiction November 2020 Competitions – Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3

We are inviting children in KS2 (approx. ages 8-11) and KS3 (approx. ages 12-14) to write a poem based on any aspect of the theme of The Planet We Share.

The winners will be selected from the FCBG judges’ shortlist by Roger Stevens, poet, author, musician and founder of the award-winning Poetry Zone website. The winners will be published on the Poetry Zone website and will each receive a copy of The Poetry Zone anthology (Troika Books, 2018) and for their school, book group or library, a copy of The Poetry Guide (Troika Books, 2020); plus some other exciting surprises.

The poem can be written in any poetical form including haiku, blank verse, a rhyming poem, a shape poem, a rap or a sonnet, for example. The poem could be a celebration of The Planet We Share, a protest about the impact of pollution on the environment, a comment on climate change, ideas about how to better look after and save the planet, or simply about a favourite natural place or animal. Visit for some great ideas to get you started.

Each entry should be completed on one side of A4 paper with the entrant’s name, age and the appropriate contact address (school, book group, library or home) printed on the reverse. Entries should be submitted by Friday 4th December to: 

NNFN 2020: Key Stages 2 & 3, c/o Elizabeth Hall, Bishop’s Stortford College Prep School, 10 Maze Green Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, CM23 2PJ. 

Please include a covering letter which provides the contact details of the adult organizer/carer, including their name, address, email and phone number. We are very sorry that we will not be able to return any of the entries. 

The winners will be notified before or by 29th January 2021, followed by an announcement on the Federation of Children’s Book Groups website. The winning entries will also be published on the Poetry Zone website as part of the prize.See here for the competition rules/terms & conditions.