Olympics and Paralympics Poetry Competition

Pens at the ready – we want to hear from you!

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In celebration of this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, we’re challenging young writers to create a poem celebrating their favourite countries and cultures from around the globe. This could be a poem that celebrates your heritage, somewhere you have visited or somewhere you would like to visit.

Remember, poetry doesn’t always have to rhyme and can have many creative interpretations, so think outside the box!

The judges’ favourite entry will win a £1,000 prize for their school!

Please submit all entries by Friday 7th June and make sure to include the child’s name, school and age, and your school’s contact details.

Entries can be dropped off at our Guest Services Desk at The Marlowes or posted to:

Olympics Poetry Competition

Management Suite, The Marlowes Shopping Centre

Hemel Hempstead



Entries received will even be put on display at The Marlowes for shoppers to read and enjoy after the competition has closed!

Please note that entries are posted at their own risk and any entries received after this date will not be counted.

On your marks, get set, go!



  1. Closing date for entries is 11:59pm on Friday 7th June 2024.
  2. Entries can be posted to Olympics Poetry Competition, The Marlowes Shopping Centre, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DX or handed into Guest Services at The Marlowes Shopping Centre
  3. All entries received after this time will not be counted, please ensure if you are posting that you allow enough time for your entry to be received.
  4. Entries cannot be returned to their original owners after submission
  5. The prize for this competition is £1,000 donated to the winning school
  6. Winners will be notified via the contact details they provide within their entry application.
  7. Entries will be displayed at The Marlowes in June 2024, subject to change
  8. Entrants must be aged 18 or over on behalf of the individual pupil or class
  9. Employees of The Marlowes shopping centre, and any agencies connected with the competition and their families, are not eligible to enter.
  10. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The Marlowes, nor any connected agencies, accept liability for entries that have been lost or stolen.
  12. Competition prize must be claimed by the winning school within 14 days of being notified as the winner.
  13. Prize will be transferred via BACs directly to the winning school
  14. Competition prizes will not be posted or couriered even if the cost is covered by the winner.
  15. Entries received after the closing date will not be included in the judging.
  16. Your contact information may be used for future The Marlowes news and promotions.
  17. By entering into this competition, entrants agree to participate in any publicity required by The Marlowes, including participating in photographs for social media and press. Entries may also be used for promotional purposes by the centre.
  18. The Marlowes has the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time