COMPAS Poetry Competition 2013

Three winning entries and 7 highly commended entries were chosen by the panel in this year's COMPAS Poetry Competition 2013: Poetry on the Move. Many congratulations to all the winners! 

View the winning entries. 

COMPAS Schools Poetry Competition 2013

Poetry on the Move

COMPAS, with the support of Keble College, is running a poetry competition focussing on the topic of people on the move.

This year we are also running a competition aimed at specifically at 11- 16 year olds. All entrants will be invited to a public poetry event on the evening of 22nd February at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, where the top three children’s poems will be read out. In addition, the top entrants will be eligible to participate in a one-day poetry workshop at Keble College in spring 2014.

View the winning entries

The Theme

COMPAS is celebrating a decade of work in the field of migration. To mark this occasion, the COMPAS poetry competition is looking for poems depicting people on the move - over the past decade, in the present and into the future. We are open to all forms of poetry, but winning entries will be of high quality and good composition.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

    1. The competition is open to residents of the UK and Ireland aged 11 - 16. Entrants must provide their name, age and date of birth.
    2. To enter, email your poem to the email address provided once you have read and accepted the terms and conditions.
    3. Entrants must obtain permission from a parent or guardian to enter. Please provide contact details (email or phone number) of the parent or guardian in case COMPAS needs to request evidence of consent.
    4. Five entries allowed per person. The theme is 'Poetry on the Move'.
    5. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 December 2013.
    6. All entries must be the entrant's own original work.
    7. Entries will be judged on the following criteria: quality of writing; imagination; and the effectiveness of conveying a creative response to the topic of migration.
    8. The judging panel’s decision as to the winners is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    9. The winners will be contacted and their names published on the COMPAS website.
    10. In consideration of COMPAS agreeing to consider the entry, each entrant grants to COMPAS a non-exclusive, perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide license for the full period of copyright to publish the entry on the COMPAS website.
    11. For the avoidance of doubt, all rights in the poem other than those granted to COMPAS under paragraph 10 above are retained by the entrant.
    12. No responsibility is taken for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete due to server functions or failures, virus, bugs, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any other causes outside COMPAS’s control. Proof of entry is not proof of receipt.
    13. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and is not redeemable for other any other prize. COMPAS retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event that original prize offered is not available due to circumstances beyond its reasonable control.
    14. COMPAS shall not be responsible for the return of entries.
    15. No purchase necessary.
    16. COMPAS reserves the right to use the names and addresses of winners, their poems and any media submitted by them in relation to the promotion in any publicity.
    17. COMPAS cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant as a result of entering the competition or accepting the prize or any injury or damage to the entrant's or any other person's computer or mobile telephone relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the competition. Nothing shall exclude COMPAS's liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.
    18. Any personal data submitted by the entrant will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and COMPAS's privacy policy.
    19. By entering the competition, entrants and, where applicable, their parent/guardian, warrant that they have legal capacity to enter the competition and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
    20. The competition will be governed by English law. The organiser: Centre on Migration Policy and Society, 58 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6QS.

    I accept the above terms and conditions by emailing my entry to this address:

    Entries can only be accepted via the above email address.