CLiPPA - The CLPE Poetry Award

CLIppa shortlist titles 2023 and girl on stage at the national theatre

The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is the only award that celebrates outstanding poetry published for children in the UK. Each year, we invite publishers to submit their published poetry collections to our CLiPPA judging panel, who will choose a winning collection to be announced at our annual award ceremony. As part of the celebration, we run a shadowing scheme for schools, giving children the chance to learn more about poetry and practice performing their favourite poems from the shortlisted collections. Winning shadowing schools are then invited to perform at the CLiPPA Award ceremony, which is live streamed to schools across the country, and includes performances from the shortlisted poets alongside live drawing by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell.

This year's shortlist will be announced on the 8th May via a live virtual event, when all shadowing resources will be sent to registered schools. 

Register your school for this year's Shadowing Scheme!

We are excited to reveal that award-winning poet Liz Berry will chair the 2024 CLiPPA judging panel. She is joined by teacher and writer Darren Chetty, Billie Manning of the Poetry Society, Imogen Maund, teacher and UKLA representative, and Laura Mucha, who was shortlisted for the CLiPPA in 2022. Find out more about this year's panel.

Photo ©Ellie Kurttz

CLiPPA 2023
Last year's CLiPPA was awarded to Marshmallow Clouds, poems inspired by nature by Ted Kooser and Connie Wanek, illustrated by Richard Jones,(Walker Books) described as a thing of beauty.”  Choose Love  by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Petr Horáček (Graffeg) was Highly Commended for her moving sequence of poems about the refugee experience. 

The other shortlisted collections included:

Information for Publishers: CLiPPA 2024 Submissions Now Closed
The submissions window for CLiPPA, the CLPE Poetry Award 2024, closed on Friday 12th January 2024 - our thanks to everyone who submitted. If you are interested in submitting to the CLiPPA 2025, or have any further questions about the Award, please contact Phoebe the CLPE Librarian at [email protected].

    The CLiPPA is delivered in partnership with the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and supported by Arts Council England. 

    Find out more about ALCS' resources on Copyright in the Classroom.



    CLiPPA 2023 - live from the National


    CLiPPA 2023 Shortlist Announcement Event


    Karl Nova on the CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA)