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Games Competition Finalists Announced

32,000 poets. Twelve finalists. One champion.
Who Will Become The 2013 Poetry Games Champion ... ?

The Poetry Games is a poetry writing competition for young writers aged 11-18 years old. The 12 best poets from across the UK have been invited to create their words into a short film or slideshow - now they go head-to-head in a public vote to determine who will be The Poetry Games Champion!

During the 2012/13 academic year, secondary school-aged pupils submitted their poems for regional poetry collections. Our Editorial team then chose the best poet from each region as a finalist. The finalists were invited to bring their poems to life by creating a short film or slideshow. The entries are now open to a public vote and the poet with the most votes wins an iPad and will be crowned the 2013 Poetry Games Champion. The 11 runners-up will each be awarded with a Kindle.

The finalists are:

Sophie McNaughton (18), Scotland
The Poetry Games - Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales

Caitlin Simmonds (13), Wales
The Poetry Games - Scotland & Wales

Cameron McGaughey, Northern Ireland
The Poetry Games - Poems From Northern Ireland

Isobel Clarke (12), North West
The Poetry Games - The North West

Mia Hodgson (16), Yorkshire
The Poetry Games – Yorkshire

Isobel Harwood (13), East Midlands
The Poetry Games - Across The Globe

Namir Chowdhury (15), West Midlands
The Poetry Games - Across The Globe

Dillon Jarvis (13), East Anglia
The Poetry Games - The East Of England

Shannon House (16), South West
The Poetry Games - The West Of England

Rose Blyth (12), South East
The Poetry Games - The South East

Ahana Ogle (13), London
The Poetry Games - Poems From London

Paul Willis, Northumberland
The Poetry Games - Future Voices

Editorial Manager, Vicki Skelton commented: “The finalists have done an amazing job creating their videos – I couldn’t say who’ll win! Good luck to you all and a big thank you to everyone that took part.”

Editor Donna Samworth said: “Picking the finalists was a tough job and all the editors are involved in selecting them. We’ve watched the videos and wow, they’ve all done such a good job – it’s lovely to see young adults getting involved in poetry and they have certainly bought their words to life. Good luck to all the finalists!”

To view the finalists’ work and cast your vote please click here

The Poetry Games 2014 is now open to 11-18 year-olds across the UK. To take part please visit click here