We are proud to present a new poetry competition, brought to you in partnership with Siân Thomas, Ashdown Forest’s poet in residence, and The Ashdown Forest Foundation.

This year (2024) commemorates 100 years since the publication of A. A. Milne’s book of poetry, When We Were Very Young, which first introduced Christopher Robin and his teddy bear to the world.

With a category for adults and teenagers, this summer presents a perfect opportunity to get outside and see how the Forest inspires you! Perhaps our summer visitors, the Nightjars and Dartford Warblers, will assist you with their own lyrical talents.

As long as time on the Forest helps to inspire your writing, your poem can be about anything from friends, the natural world, or something totally unrelated. If you are a regular visitor and writer, please also feel free to dust off an old favourite and submit that instead.

The winner will see their poem published on the Ashdown Forest website.

The closing date for applications is 31st August 2024, at 11.59pm (GMT). Winners of each category will be announced on 30th September 2024.

Whether you are searching for a project to support an educational course, or for a way to publicise your work as a budding or confident poet, this competition is for you!

We ask that you submit your work in line with our Conditions of Entry, available on our website via our online submission form: https://ashdownforest.org/explore/poetry-competition/.

More information about your poem’s length, format, and other guidance is available through this page. Please note that we do not accept submissions by post. Entry to this competition is free of charge.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!