Skip to content

We use necessary cookies that allow our site to work. We also set optional cookies that help us improve our website.

For more information about the types of cookies we use, and to manage your preferences, visit our Cookies policy here.

Cookie settings

Read Manchester's Poetry Place!

Poetry place

About Poetry Place

Welcome to Read Manchester’s ‘Poetry Place’! A monthly poetry competition created for all ages and minds. Poetry Place’s purpose is to re-introduce creative writing into the community and discover what we can create with our writing skills. Each month, there will be a writing prompt that will serve as the inspiration for your submission. A small set of suggestions will accompany each prompt — made to challenge your skills and help you experiment with poetry from various technical perspectives. 

How to enter

Please send your poem based on that month's theme via email to Read Manchester before the deadline. See the Terms and Conditions here.

There will be three monthly winners; one from each category of Primary, Secondary, and Adult, will win £20 worth of book vouchers ready to use at any bookshop. 

This month's deadline

31 March 2024, midnight.

An Alice in Wonderland doll in a blue dress with a model cup of coffee and a book

March's theme: March Madness

To coin the phrase ‘March Madness’, this month we’re going to write a poem about something silly, topsy-turvy, or downright crazy! You could write about a world where huge blue birds walk upright and take over the world, or perhaps we all have six eyes and talk in gibberish – like Yoda or the Mad Hatter! Maybe we all ride in bubbles across the sky? Alternatively, to celebrate World Book Day, you could write about something funny and/or ridiculous you read in a book! Write about a world where anything goes!

Inspiration for your poem

If you're not sure where to start, try a game of word association and see where it takes you. For example, pick a word like "beans" and then write down something you associate with beans, like "toast". Then something you associate with toast, maybe "breakfast" and then "morning" and so on. See how far you can get from your original word and then choose one of your most interesting words to base your poem around!

We've also found some fabulous poems to inspire you.

Funny poems for children

Funny poems for teens and adults

Your poem can be any length, any technique. Simply let your thoughts flow.

Previous winners
Back to top