The 2014 search for a new Poetry By Heart national champion starts on National Poetry Day, Thursday 3rd October 2013. Schools/colleges must register to participate (even if they took part last year) via the registration link on the home page of this website, by email email@example.com or by phone 0117 905 5338.
School/college contests can take place any time during the Autumn term, from 3rd October to 20th December. As long as at least three students in Years 10-13 compete to become Poetry By Heart school/college champion, it counts as a contest. We welcome all sizes and shapes of event, from a lunchtime play-off to a grand gala evening with parents, governors and local media involved. It’s as big or small as suits your school! In this round, students must recite two poems, one published before 1914, and one published in or after 1914. These must be selected from the Poetry By Heart timeline on this website.
Each Poetry By Heart school/college champion is entitled to a place in their county contest. School/college organisers need to confirm which student will be entering this next round, and with which poems, by 20th December 2013. In this round, students will be asked to recite three poems: one published before 1914 AND one published in or after 1914 AND one taken from our special 2014 showcase collection of World War 1 poems. The pre and post 1914 poems may be the same as recited in the school/college contest, or different, but they must be selected from the Poetry By Heart timeline on this website. The World War 1 poem must be selected from the Poetry by Heart World War 1 collection, which will go live on this website before the end of the school/college round.
Regional semi-finals and national finals
The winner of each county contest (or the runner-up if the winner can’t progress to the next round for any reason) will be invited to compete at the Winners’ Weekend at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Thursday 13th March to Saturday 15th March 2014. The event will progress through a series of regional semi-finals, in which the Poetry By Heart county champions battle for a place in the grand final on Saturday afternoon. Students are accompanied throughout the expenses-paid weekend by a teacher from their school, and everyone gets to enjoy an additional programme of activities in London, including meeting the poet judges. On Saturday afternoon, the 2014 Poetry By Heart national champion will be crowned!