CLiPPA - The CLPE Poetry Award

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The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award for published poetry for children in the UK. Established in 2003, the annual Poetry Award encourages and celebrates outstanding poetry published for children.

Alongside the CLiPPA to promote the teaching of poetry in schools, we run a Schools Shadowing Scheme.

The Shadowing Scheme is an important part of the award process. The CLiPPA is an award for children’s poetry and the shadowing scheme is a fantastic way for children to be an integral part of the celebrations.

When the shortlisted collections are announced, our team of expert teachers write detailed planning linked to each collection which focuses on the appreciation, performance, response to and writing of poetry. Schools can register to take part in the shadowing scheme and receive updates and links to the materials when they are released.

As part of the process, groups and individual children can pick a poem that they have particularly enjoyed and film a performance of this to submit to the shadowing scheme judges. The judges pick a winner for each collection, who will then be invited to perform at the award ceremony.

The winners will have a wonderful experience on the day and will have the opportunity to meet the shortlisted poets who will be performing alongside them on stage in the award show.

Register for the 2021 CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme.


The shortlist for the CLiPPA 2021 was announced at the Globe Theatre on 19 July 2021 

The five books on the shortlist are:


The winner of the 2021 CLiPPA will be revealed at the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, on Monday 11 October with performances from the shortlisted poets. Schools across the UK and beyond will be able to watch the show on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform.


View our CLiPPA Shadowing video


Karl Nova on the CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA)