Metro Poetry Competition

Metro Poetry Competition

***Please note that this competition is now closed***

Launched on National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration on the first Thursday of October that encourages everyone to make, experience and share poetry with family and friends, the Metro Poetry Competition is in partnership with the Poetry Book Society.

The theme is Winter. 

There were two categories: 16 and under, or adult (over 16).

A winner and a runner up from each category will see their poems published as large posters in Longbenton Metro station, as well as £100 Waterstones vouchers for the category winners and £50 Waterstones vouchers for the runners up. The adult winner and runner up will also receive a year’s free membership to the Poetry Book Society.

The competition was open from 7 October to 7 November 2021. Entries were judged by: Alice Mullen from the Poetry Book Society; published poet Degna Stone (read one of her wintery poems, Varifocal, attached below); David Turton - Marketing Services Manager for Nexus, and published author. The Metro Poetry Competition was subject to the Terms and Conditions attached below. 

The winning poems are attached below.


Poetry on Metro

Longbenton Metro station has become the home of poetry on Metro - with four poems on display for over a million customers who use the station every year. 

People don’t expect to see art and poetry in public places like train stations, but Metro already has a long history of displaying art on the network, and the poetry on display expands on that. 

We hope the poems displayed at Longbenton will entertain, surprise and inspire you.

Royal Literary Fund

The first poems displayed, in July 2021, reflecting on the pandemic, were the result of a  partnership with Nexus and Royal Literary Fund Fellows at Newcastle and York Universities. Read more about the partnership, and how it came about, here. And see the poems (2020, Clap, Metro View, Vaccine) in poster form attached below. 



Poetry on the platforms at Longbenton


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