The CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is now in its 18th year and 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.

We run a Shadowing Scheme alongisde the award, giving schools the chance to showcase their poetry learning based on the shortlisted collections. It culimnates in a prize-giving ceremony and celebration of children's performances at the National Theatre.

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


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.


Schools Shadowing Scheme

To promote the teaching of poetry in schools we run a Schools Shadowing Scheme alongside the CLiPPA. To assist schools interested in the Schools Shadowing Scheme, CLPE produce expertly written CLiPPA teaching and video resources below, which accompany shortlisted titles. Discover our past resources below:

Get prepared for CLiPPA 2020 by watching our Shadowing Scheme Video to find out how the shadowing scheme works.

Check out our top 10 tips for teaching poetry in our What We Know Works’ Poetry booklet and the summary of our 2017 research project funded by Arts Council England.


2019's award:

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:

For further details see press release on the left hand menu.

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


The CLiPPA Shadowing Scheme 2019

Find out about the CLiPPA shadowing scheme

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