Are you a rhyme magician?


We’ve launched a new poetry competition to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. If you’re a budding poet and want to see your poem in print, put your creativity to the test and show us what you’ve got!

Poems can be as long or as short as you want and can be a mix of prose and illustrations. All styles are welcome, as long as the theme of the poem is the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Participants can collaborate with another amateur illustrator or poet. Families can also submit entries together, with parents and children supporting each other.

The competition is part of our Essex Year of Reading campaign. The campaign helps get the county read and discover the joy it can bring.

A jury will judge all entries and shortlisted poems will receive certificates. We will also publish shortlisted poems on the Essex Year of Reading app. The winner will receive a £100 book token.

The contest begins on Friday May 13 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday July 1. Please email all applications to [email protected] Entries can also be sent to: Essex Year of Reading Competition, Essex Library Services, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH. Please provide your name, age, address, email and telephone number.

Jubilee Poetry Contest Terms and Conditions

These standard terms and conditions are subject to any other terms and conditions provided to you or referred to at the time of your entry into the competition.

  1. This competition is organized by Essex County Council (ECC), County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH.
  2. ECC reserves the right to cancel, suspend, cancel or modify the competition at any time without notice. Any changes will be posted on
  3. In the event of a dispute regarding the contest, ECC’s final decision will be binding and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into. The terms and conditions are governed by English law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
  4. This competition is separate from any other Essex Year of Reading competition and people can choose to participate in any, all or none.
  5. By submitting an entry to this competition, you agree to the terms and conditions set forth, and you warrant that you have the legal capacity to participate and agree to be bound by them.

Qualified participants

  1. Participants must meet the following conditions to participate in the competition:
  2. Live, work or learn in Essex or have another legitimate Essex now or at any time in the past.
  3. Submit a writing and/or artwork that is; their own work, not subject to copyright art or infringe copyright.
  4. The input can come from an individual, a pair or a group.
  5. ECC employees and their families can participate in this contest.
  6. Use of a false name or address will result in disqualification.
  7. ECC reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe that the entrant has violated any of these terms and conditions.
  8. ECC reserves the right to disqualify an entrant or entry if their conduct or entry does not meet the specified brief.
  9. ECC will not accept automatically generated computer-generated contest entries; completed by third parties en masse; illegible, altered, reconstructed, falsified or altered; or incomplete.

Contest entries

  1. Entries can be submitted by schools, community groups and individuals. Please ensure that full contact details (contributor name, age, address, phone number and email address) are submitted with the entry.
  2. Entries can be submitted by email to [email protected] or by post to the Essex Year of Reading Writing Competition, Essex Library Services, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH
  3. If the illustration is submitted with writing, it must be in 2D and A4 format. Entrants may use a range of materials and techniques from the following list: drawing (e.g. pencil, pen, crayon, pastel, etc.), painting, printmaking, collage, photography and montage.
  4. Entry to the contest is free, however, all materials for the creation and submission of work must be provided by the entrant.
  5. All work must be the entrant’s original idea and not infringe anyone else’s copyright.
  6. The competition closing date is Friday, July 1, 2022.
  7. Entries received after the closing date are automatically disqualified.
  8. ECC accepts one entry per individual, which may include more than one entrant per household.
  9. School applications will be pre-screened by the school and then submitted. Essex Year of Reading will appoint a panel of independent individuals comprising an editor, a staff member from Essex Libraries and a staff member from Essex Year of Reading who will decide on the shortlist from all entries. The judges will not know who submitted each entry. All shortlisted entries will be published on the Essex Year of Reading app.
  10. Eight or more finalists in each category will be chosen from the shortlisted entries by a different judging panel. The judges will not know who submitted each entry. The age categories are: Key Stage 1; Milestone 2; Milestone 3; Milestone 4; Key Stage 5 and continuing education; Special; Other (to allow schools to select student work that is exceptional to them, due to SEND, family circumstances, or personal challenges); community and adult sector; Essex County Council employees; nursing home residents.
  11. The overall winner in each age category will be chosen from among the finalists by an editor or author (editor or author to be confirmed).
  12. All finalists will be invited to a presentation ceremony at County Hall, Chelmsford, to receive a certificate and for the winners to receive their prizes. If a finalist or winner is unable to attend the presentation ceremony, Essex Year of Reading will arrange a local presentation of their certificate and/or award at a suitable local venue or for display.
  13. Artwork cannot be returned and, where space permits, will be displayed in libraries. Some entries will also be posted on the board and/or library website and on social media.
  14. ECC assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, communication line failure, theft, destruction, alteration or access unauthorized entries, quadrants, or lost or delayed entries, whether or not they occur during operation as a result of server functions, viruses, bugs, or other causes beyond its control.
  15. ECC accepts no responsibility for entries not received for any reason or for missing contact details submitted with each entry.
  16. By entering this contest, the entrant or parent on behalf of an entrant indicates their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.


  1. All shortlisted entries will receive a certificate and their work will be published on the Essex Year of Reading app.
  2. All finalists will receive a certificate and an award. Prizes include books and certificates issued by schools.
  3. The overall winner in each category will also receive an additional prize of a £100 book token.
  4. These prizes are – non-transferable and no cash alternative to the prizes will be offered.
  5. By entering the competition, the winner(s) agree(s) to participate in publicity, eg in the media, social media and to be featured on the ECC website:
  6. Images of all finalists’ work will be posted on social media with limited information about the entrant, such as the child’s first name and age.


  1. ECC cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant entering the contest or resulting from the acceptance of a prize. ECC is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any online computer system, servers or providers, computer equipment, software failure of any e-mail or registration to be received due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering or downloading any materials in connection with the Contest.

Data protection and advertising

  1. ECC processes information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK General Data Protection Regulation and is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 (ECC Privacy Notice). The personal information you provide when entering the competition will be used to administer the competition and will not be shared with anyone except as permitted by law. Essex County Council will retain your name, age, email address and mailing address to announce the winner of the competition.
  2. By providing your name, age, email address and postal address to ECC, you consent to ECC processing your personal data for the purpose of running this competition and providing you with information about this competition.
  3. If you would like to see any personal information we hold about you, please contact the Transparency Team (TT): Essex County Council, PO Box 11, Chelmsford CM1 1LX, 01245 431851, [email protected] .

How to contact us

  1. You can contact us about the competition by writing to Essex Year of Reading Writing competition, Essex Library Services, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH.

Last updated 6 hours ago


Comments are closed.