Poetry of Science

IF Oxford’s poetry competition for young people returns for its 5th year!

Can you write a terrific scientific poem?

Enter the IF Oxford 2021 Poetry of Science Competition for a chance to win some fantastic prizes!


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Who can enter?

The competition is open to any child in the UK, aged 16 or under and will be judged in three age categories:

  • School Year 2 and below (i.e. Key stage 1)
  • School Years 3 – 6 (i.e. Key Stage 2)
  • School Years 7 – 11 (i.e. Key Stages 3 and 4)

Entries can be made through your school, or individually, with your parent / guardian’s consent. Please make sure your entry form has contact details for either your teacher or parent / guardian.

What can I win?

  • The winning poem and two runners up from each age category will be performed at a special event at IF Oxford, the science and ideas festival in October 2021 (this may be a virtual event). Winning poems will be published online and in a printed anthology.
  • Other prizes will include science kits and books.

What sort of poem can I write?

  • Your poem can be in any poetry style you like – (how about a limerick, haiku, acrostic poem, rap or sonnet?). Your poem doesn’t have to rhyme.
  • Your poem should have something to do with science. It could be about a scientific idea or discovery; a science lesson or experiment; a scientific issue that is important to you; a famous scientist, or just why you love science!
  • Your poem should be a maximum of 150 words.

What do I need to do?

To submit an individual entry, simply click the yellow ‘Enter NOW!’ button at the top of this page to open the online entry form and submit by the deadline of Friday 11 June 2021.

Entries are limited to one poem per child.

Teachers / community group leaders wishing to submit multiple entries can download a multiple entries cover sheet to email along with your class / group entries to [email protected]

Download multiple entries cover sheet

Need inspiration?

Read the anthologies of past winners

2019 anthology

2018 anthology

2017 anthology

We are grateful to Oxford Brookes University, Quarto Kids, DK Press, Dan Bryant and OX Magazine for supporting this competition.