CLiPPA (Centre for Literacy in Primary Poetry Award) is now in its 16th year and is the only award for published poetry for children in the UK. CLiPPA highlights an important branch of children’s literature, ensuring that it receives proper recognition.

CLiPPA 2019 has officially started with the announcement of judges on Monday 14th January. Read our press release to find out more or check out our twitter where we published fact files on each judge. The closing date for submissions for the 2019 CLiPPA award was 31st January. The shortlist will be announced in April and the Poetry Show, where the 2019 winner will be announced, will be held in summer 2019.

CLiPPA 2019 Chair and Judges:

This year the Chair of the Judging panel is AF Harrold, multi-award-winning author, performer and poet.

AF will be joined by a range of poetry experts who share a passion for poetry and its place in children’s literacy.

Karl Nova – 2018 CLiPPA winner with his debut collection Rhythm and Poetry

Susannah Herbert - director of Forward Arts Foundation and National Poetry Day

Ruth Awolola - highly commended at CLiPPA 2018 with her poems which were included in the Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry collection

Charlotte Hacking – CLPE Learning Programme Leader


Shadowing Scheme:

For the fifth year we will be running the Schools Shadowing Scheme alongside CLiPPA.

The scheme is all about getting children to read, write and perform poetry using the shortlisted works and the free teaching resources provided by CLPE. Schools then send in videos of children’s performances from which 5 winning groups are selected to perform at the CLiPPA awards ceremony in the summer. 

Get prepared for CLiPPA 2019 by reading our What We Know Works’ Poetry booklet and the summary of our 2017 research project funded by Arts Council England.

Discover the impact the Shadowing Scheme has on schools: 

Read our blog by Dr Laura Ovenden about how poetry has been transformational for her class

Read our blog about participating in CLiPPA by Gemma Gibson from Sturton-Le-Steeple Primary School, a winning CLiPPA 2018 school. 


Listen to the Just Imagine podcast with Charlotte Hacking and 2017 CLiPPA winner Kate Wakeling on CLiPPA, the shadowing scheme and the importance of poetry in primary schools. 


Watch Karl Nova talking about the CLiPPA in this video.

Understand copyright with Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS)

For the second 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.


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

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Sturton-Le-Steeple - Where Zebras Go - Shadowing Winners

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Eden Park High School - Rising Stars - Shadowing Winners


St Thomas of Canterbury - Rhythm and Poetry - Shadowing Winners

NetleyPrimary - Year 6 - Overheard in a Tower Block

Netley Primary -Overheard in a Tower Block - Shadowing Winners

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Winmarleigh C of E Primary - The Rainmaker Danced - Shadowing Winners

Highfield Primary - Shadowing Winners - Booked by Kwame Alexander

Highfield Primary - Booked - Shadowing Winner

Whitehill Juniors - Shadowing Winners - Jelly Boots Smelly Boots

Whitehill Junior School - Shadowing Winner - Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots

Alexandra Junior School - Shadowing Winners - Wonderland: AliceInPoetry Ed Michaela Morgan

Alexandra Juniors - Wonderland: Alice in Poetry - Shadowing Winners

St Thomas of Canterbury - Shadowing Winners - Zim Zam Zoom by James Carter

St Thomas of Canterbury - Shadowing Winners - Zim Zam Zoom by James Carter


Benedict Primary - Moon Juice - Shadowing Winner