We encourage the children and young adults who enter our competitions to write about what matters to them. This sometimes means exploring sensitive or difficult topics, especially in our Teen Poets or secondary school competitions. We believe that poetry should be a place for people to express their thoughts and feelings without censorship, and as long as the subject is handled sensitively and appropriately, we will publish work containing such themes.
If you feel you have been affected by any of the issues highlighted within our publications, below is a list of helplines and websites where you can find support and information.
A free, private and confidential service for anyone under the age of 19 providing counselling, advice and protection. They can help with anything, from abuse and bullying to exam stress and relationships.
Free, confidential listening service for anyone, adults and children, 24 hours a day.