The Big Green Poetry Machine |
Poetry Contest

All Ages School

The Big Green Poetry Machine Video

A poetry competition to inspire children and young adults and get them writing about nature and the world around them.

Turning children & young adults into eco poets & helping kids grow into confident writers!

Your students can become eco poets and help to share views about nature and the environment with The Big Green Poetry Machine!

It’s a fantastic opportunity for your students to share their thoughts on the world around them & for you to introduce this subject with ready-made resources.

The online resources offer 4 x idea generation activities, a word bank and lesson plan. The student info guide, video, and graphic organizer also make this a great independent learning activity. There's a PowerPoint presentation or use the Google Slide version instead!

Poems can be in any style and link to the environment in many ways, from litter, pollution and wildlife, to sustainability, conservation or exploring nature & local landscapes.

Get your whole school engaged with caring for the environment and creating a better world for their future by writing a poem and giving their young voices a chance to be heard.

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To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Ask your students to write their poems (or an adult can scribe/type it), ensuring their name, age and school name are included.

  • Poems can be on the entry form or sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).

  • Students' poems must be their own work!

  • Open to 5-18 year-olds.

  • Poems must be on the theme or inspired by nature / the environment.

  • Poems can be written in any poetic style/form.

  • US entrants only.

  • Copyright remains with the author.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

Young Writers' Award of Excellence will be awarded to the school who submits the best set of entries.


Every school receives a free copy of the book their students are featured in!

(Remember, you receive 1 free copy for every 30 entries you submit! E.g. 1-30 entries you receive 1 copy, 31-60 entries you receive 2 copies, etc.)

For Entrants

Our 3 favorite poets will each win an eco-inspired goody bag! (Image for illustration purposes only, contents may vary.)


Every entrant receives a bookmark for taking part. Students chosen for publication also receive a certificate.


Here are the ways you can enter digitally - please choose one:

Send your entries by uploading them:

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Use the Online Writing Portal if you want your students to type their work during a lesson or for homework.

Writing Portal

Email Entries

Alternatively, you can submit your entries via Google Docs - please make sure that we have permission to access and download the files.

By Mail

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers The Big Green Poetry Machine
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Get In Touch

Young Writers
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Closing Date: May 24, 2024