u3a - Poetry Competition 2020

Please note the National Poetry Competition 2020 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send in their poems. The winner will be announced in early January, please check back to this page to read the winning entry.


u3a National Poetry Competition 2020

Calling all poets who do know it! You are invited to take part in the National Poetry Competition 2020 - an opportunity to get creative and to show off your poetry writing skills.

The Trust is launching a UK-wide initiative to find the best humorous poem penned by one of our members. The top three entries will be published in Third Age Matters magazine, which reaches over a quarter of a million households.

The theme for the challenge is ‘hobbies or interests’. Given most of us have had more time than usual to engage in our hobbies this year it seems a fitting theme. You can write about a new hobby you have taken up during lockdown, jog your memory by writing about hobbies of the past or use your imagination to write about a hobby you have never quite managed to take up. Or something else related to hobbies or interests - the choice is yours.

You may want to discuss your ideas in your interest groups via phone, email or virtual conference call or this may inspire you to start up your own poetry or poetry reading group. There is information and advice on the Poetry subject adviser's page.
Whatever you decide, we want your poem.

How it works

  • It must be in English, not published before or submitted to another competition.
  • The poem must be your own work, in your own words entirely.
  • It must be a maximum of 16 lines, plus the title.
  • Your poem must have a rhyming component and be humourous.
  • Your submission must be on the theme of: ‘hobbies or interests’.

It is very important you fully read the Poetry Competition Rules– there is additional information in these that you will need.

You can submit your entries here . All entries will need to be submitted via this form to be accepted. You have until 12 noon on Friday 20th November to submit your poem.

Please give your poem a title but do not put your name or your u3a on the poem, as it will be judged anonymously. We will have your name and details on the submission form.

Good luck!