Regional and County Contests

County Contests

Regional & National Finals

County Contests

Poetry By Heart school and college champions are invited to participate in county contests. In 2017 this judging will take place virtually, using winner videos uploaded by schools. There is more information about this on the About the Competition page.



Regional rounds

The winner of each county contest is invited to compete at the Winners’ Weekend, which in 2015 and 2016 took place at Homerton College, Cambridge during March. The date and venue of the 2017 Winners’ Weekend will be announced in the New Year.

The event progresses 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.


The Finals

Following the semi-finals, eight regional winners are selected, along with one lucky wild card winner. They recite in front of the full panel of eight poet judges on the final afternoon of the contest.

The Poetry By Heart Champion is then crowned.

You’ll find a selection of finalists’ performances on the Poetry By Heart website or your can watch our previous National Champions here: