Are you a rhyming wizard?

Are you a rhyming wizard?

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

Poems can be as long or as short as you like 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. Entrants can collaborate with a fellow amateur illustrator or poet. Families can also submit entries together, with parents and children supporting one another.

The competition is part of our Essex Year of Reading campaign. The campaign is helping to get the county reading and discover the joy that it can bring.

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

The competition opens on Friday 13 May and closes at 5pm on Friday 1 July. Please send all entries by email to Entries can also be posted to: Essex Year of Reading Competition, Essex Library Services, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH. Please state your name, age, address, email and telephone number.

Jubilee poetry competition terms and conditions

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

  1. This competition is organised by Essex County Council (ECC), County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH.
  2. ECC reserves the right to void, suspend, cancel or amend the competition at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on
  3. In the event of any dispute regarding the competition, the final decision of ECC shall be binding and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. Terms and conditions shall be governed by English law and the parties submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
  4. This competition is separate to any other Essex Year of Reading competition and people can choose to take part in all, any or none.
  5. By submitting an entry to this competition, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions as set out, and you warrant that you have the legal capacity to enter into and agree to be bound by the same.

Qualifying entrants

  1. Entrants must satisfy the following conditions to enter 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 piece of writing and/or artwork that is; their own work, not subject to copyright art or infringes copyright.
  4. The entry can be from an individual, pair or group.
  5. Employees of ECC and their families are eligible to enter this competition.
  6. Use of false name or address will result in disqualification.
  7. ECC reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.
  8. ECC reserves the right to disqualify an entrant or work if their conduct or submitted entry does not fit with the specified brief.
  9. ECC will not accept competition entries that are automatically generated by computer; completed by third parties in bulk; illegible, altered, reconstructed, forged or tampered with; or incomplete.

Competition entries

  1. Entries can be submitted by schools, community groups and individuals. Please ensure full contact details (name of contributor, age, address, telephone number and email address) are submitted with the entry.
  2. Entries can be submitted by email to or by post to Essex Year of Reading Writing competition, Essex Library Services, County Hall, Market Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1QH
  3. If artwork is being submitted with writing it should be 2D and A4 in size. Entrants can 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 competition is free, however, all materials for the creation and submission of work must be provided by the entrant.
  5. All work must be the original idea of the entrant and not infringe anyone else’s copyright.
  6. The closing date for the competition is Friday 1 July 2022.
  7. Entries received after the closing date are automatically disqualified.
  8. ECC accepts one entry per individual, which can include more than one entrant per household.
  9. Entries from schools will be pre-shortlisted by the school and then submitted. Essex Year of Reading will appoint a judging panel of independent people including a publisher, an Essex Libraries staff member, and an Essex Year of Reading staff member who will decide the shortlist from all entries. The judges will not know who has 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. Judges will not know who has submitted each entry. The age categories are: Key Stage 1; Key Stage 2; Key Stage 3; Key Stage 4; Key Stage 5 and further education; Special; Other (to allow schools to select a pupil’s work that is exceptional for them, due to SEND, home circumstances or personal challenges); community and adult sector; Essex County Council employees; care home residents.
  11. The overall winner in each age category will be chosen from the finalists by a publisher or author (publisher or author yet 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, then Essex Year of Reading will arrange for a local presentation of their certificate and/or prize at an appropriate local venue or for it to be posted.
  13. Artwork cannot be returned and, where space allows, will be displayed in libraries. Some entries will also be displayed on the council and/or library website and social media.
  14. ECC cannot accept responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of, or unauthorised access to entries, quadrants or entries lost or delayed whether or not arising during operation as a result of server functions, virus, bugs or other causes outside its control.
  15. ECC accepts no responsibility for entries not received for whatever reason or for missing contact details submitted with each entry.
  16. By entering this competition, the entrant or the parent on behalf of an entrant is indicating their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.


  1. All shortlisted entries will receive a certificate and have their work published on the Essex Year of Reading app.
  2. All finalists will receive a certificate and prize. Prizes include books, and certificates given via 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 alternatives to the prizes will be offered.
  5. By entering the competition, the winner(s) agree(s) to take part in publicity e.g. media, social media and featuring on the ECC website:
  6. Images of all the finalist’s work will be posted on social media with limited information about the entrant – e.g. 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 competition or as a result of accepting any prize. ECC is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer relating to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the competition.

Data protection and publicity

  1. ECC handles 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 provided by you when entering into the competition will be used to administer the competition and will not be shared with anyone unless the law allows us to do so. Essex County Council will hold your name, age, email and postal address to announce the winner of the competition.
  2. By providing your name, age, email and postal address to ECC you consent to ECC processing your personal data for the purpose of running this competition and to provide you with information about this competition.
  3. If you would like to see any personal information held on you by us please contact Transparency Team (TT): Essex County Council, PO Box 11, Chelmsford CM1 1LX, 01245 431851,

How to contact us

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

Last updated 12 May 2022