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.

This year, we are pleased to announce that we are partnering with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to celebrate this year's CLiPPA!

The CLiPPA will feature in the Festival’s programme for schools and families. This year's shortlist will be announced on National Poetry Day, 1st October, the eve of the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, which opens on Friday 2nd October.

The CLiPPA 2020 winner will be announced in a very special Festival Poetry Show on Friday 9th October 2020, alongside the launch of the shadowing scheme. Schools across the UK and beyond will be able to watch the show for free on the The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival platform and access a poetry CPD session created by CLPE, to kick start the CLiPPA shadowing scheme.

Register your interest for CLiPPA 2020 and be the first to hear about our Schools' Shadowing Scheme when it opens.

Read our news story to find out more this year's CLiPPA


CLiPPA 2020

For the new decade, we are delighted to have introduced a new look for the award! Our new logo is paired with the announcement of the CLiPPA 2020 judging panel.

The Chair of judges for this year's award is CLPE Patron and Children's poet, Michael Rosen. He is joined by experts in the world of children's poetry including:

Steven Camden - poet and CLiPPA 2019 winner for Everything All At Once

Valerie Bloom - children's poet

Tracey Guiry - Director of the Poetry Archive

Charlotte Hacking – CLPE's Learning Programme Leader.



CLiPPA 2019

The winner of CLiPPA 2019 was Steven Camden for his debut collection Everything All At Once (Macmillan Children’s Books). The announcement of the winner took place at the Poetry Show on Lyttleton Stage at the National Theatre, London on 3 July 2019 where the shadowing school winners got to perform one poem from each of the shortlisted entries. Eloise Greenfield was highly commended for her collection Thinker: My Puppy Poet and Me (Tiny Owl) . The other poets in the CLiPPA 2019 shortlist were:


Our CLiPPA Partners

Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

For the third year we have partnered with ALCS to educate teachers and children about copyright and the rights of writers. ALCS have produced some handy guides for teachers to download and use with their class which are available to download from this page.

Any questions about CLiPPA, email us.

All images: Ellie Kurttz


About the CLPE Poetry Award (CLiPPA) with 2018 winner Karl Nova

Watch the CLiPPA 2018 winner Karl Nova on the award and read his poetry


Whitehill Junior School - Shadowing Winner - Aleppo Cat by Philip Gross


Petts Hill Primary - CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Rebound


Lea Forest Forest Primary - CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - A Kid in My Class


St Marys Catholic Primary School- CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Thinker


Moorlands Belton CLiPPA 2019 Shadowing Winner - Everything All at Once