Join us at the Poetry By Heart 2021 finalists’ announcement

Join us at the Poetry By Heart 2021 finalists' announcement

It’s all happening here this week as our judging teams work their way through all the magnificent entries to the Classic and Celebration competitions – and new this year, all the wonderful additions to the Showcase category.

The poem performances have got the judges squealing with delight, laughing joyfully and shivering with that ‘back-of-the-neck’ feeling of a poem done really well. There’s also some tearing-their-hear out as they have to make their final recommendations. We’ve been surprised and absolutely delighted by just how many entries there have been in this Year of Years. And in the new Showcase category we have own-poems, other-language poems and much-loved poems that we’ll be sharing over the course of this term. Thank you to every pupil, parent, teacher, school librarian, competition organiser and school for taking part.

As soon as our judges finish, we’ll make sure all the judging panels’ scores are consistent and work out the top 10 in each competition category. Then, with a great big drumroll we’ll announce the 2021 national finalists – at 4pm on Wednesday 21st April in our regular Virtual Staffroom session. Sign up here by sending us an email.

Our national finals judge, Daljit Nagra, will join us to make the announcement and to share all the details of the national finals event. Though our plans are still contingent on the roadmap out of lockdown, we have a date we expect to hold up. Every finalist from last year’s competition will be invited too. Do join us for the live announcement if you can. We’ll be sending letters and certificates for every entrant as fast as we can after that!

Lots to look forward to – and there’s more! We’ll launch the 2021-22 competition in July and we’ll begin sharing details soon. Watch this space and get ready for the biggest, brightest, post-lockdown Poetry By Heart yet!