I Am The Seed Poetry Competition Entries
I Am The Seed Nature Poetry Competition: Winners Announced!
14 February 2019
We're so excited to announce the winners of the I Am the Seed Nature Poetry Competition!
I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree: A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon and collected by Fiona Waters, is a beautifully illustrated collection of 366 nature poems, one for every day of the year. To celebrate this epic poetry book, we invited budding poets aged 7-11 across the nation to write a poem inspired by the natural world.
From haiku to sonnets to rhymes and riddles, we received hundreds of wonderful poetry entries. Fiona Waters, the acclaimed anthologist behind I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree, was kind enough to do the hard work of choosing the overall winner and two runners up.
The winner is 9-year-old Soirse Metrusty Fox from St Gildas’ Catholic Junior School with her beautiful poem, Wandering on a Winter's Night.
Fiona enjoyed the ‘lovely inner rhymes and very well sustained shape form to the whole poem’. Soirse will receive a unique framed print of her poem, illustrated by artist Frann Preston-Gannon.
Soirse was delighted to win and said ‘Thank you very much for this prize and opportunity, I am honoured to have been picked as the winner. At first, I didn't know I would get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I am very proud of my teachers for helping and inspiring me. Thank you!’
Teacher Hayley Clarke submitted the poem on behalf of St Gildas’ school and has said ‘We are incredibly proud of Soirse here at St Gildas'. She is a talented author and illustrator and we are thrilled to see this recognised in a national competition. She loved the writing process and had borrowed our school's copy of the I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree anthology to read at home - so this is a much deserved achievement.’
The two runners up are Rory Hunter, aged 7, from St Stephens C of E Primary School with his poem Foxes and Oscar Hankin, aged 9, from Sutton Valence Preparatory School with his poem The Wind. They will both win a copy of the beautiful book, I Am The Seed That Grew The Tree. You can see their entries below:
Thank you so much to all of the children and schools who sent in poems! We were positively overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries. It's been a joy to hear from all of the young poets out there!
If you sent us a poem and would like to have this returned to you, email [email protected] with your name, school and poem title along with your address and we will send it back.