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.

Michael Rosen is the winner of the CLiPPA 2021 for On the Move, Poems About Migration (published by Walker books and illustrated by Quentin Blake). 

The announcement of the Award was made at the sold-out Poetry Show hosted by The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival on Monday 11 October, in a live Poetry Show, introduced by Allie Esiri and CLiPPA judge, poet Zaro Weil, winner of the 2020 CLiPPA. The Poetry Show featured performances by Michael Rosen and the other shortlisted poets Nikita Gill,  Matt Goodfellow, Manjeet Mann and Jane Newberry  and they were accompanied by another former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who illustrated their poems live on stage. The CLiPPA Poetry Show will be available for schools everywhere to watch online and free of charge from Tuesday 12 October on The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform.

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 deadline for entries has been extended to 11th February 2022 .   

The announcement of the winning schools will be made on 25th February 2022

The shortlist for the 2021:


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.



View our CLiPPA Shadowing video


Karl Nova on the CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA)