Poetry Competition

To celebrate the launch of Heartbreak Productions’ 2020 summer tour of David Walliams’ Mr Stink, we’d like to invite primary school children across the UK to join our national poetry competition and be in with the chance of winning a prize package.*

To enter, write a poem about homelessness in any style up to 800 characters. Poems can be about your own personal experience with homelessness, how you feel about the issue, or what you think you might be able to do to help.


Entries are broken into two age brackets 5-8 year olds, and 9-11 year olds. Heartbreak will choose 10 finalists in each age category. These 20 children will each receive a signed copy of David Walliams’ newest book, The Beast of Buckingham Palace. We will then send the final 20 poems on to our special guest judge, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton. She has experienced homelessness herself as a young person, and has gone on to a successful career as a firefighter, author, and psychologist.


What do you get if you win? A super-duper prize package, including a £100 book token for yourself, a £300 book token for your school, a family ticket to Mr Stink, and your poem will be printed in the Mr Stink programme which will be seen by thousands of people.


So get writing. Entries must be received by February 24th to be considered. You can send your poem to us via email, via snail mail (address in the website footer), or via this handy link. Please include your name, age, school, preferred method of contact, and how you heard about our contest.



  • Only one entry per child.
  • Age categories 5 – 8 and 9 – 11.
  • Word count 800 characters or less. All poem formats accepted.
  • All entries must be received by February 24th, 2020 to qualify for the competition.
  • Heartbreak Productions will generate a shortlist of 10 finalists per category to be judged by our guest judge, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton.
  • All finalists will receive a signed copy of David Walliams’ The Beast of Buckingham Palace.
  • Family members of Heartbreak staff and the guest judge are not permitted to enter.
  • Entries can be submitted via weblink, email or post.
  • The winner will receive a £100 book token, a £300 book token for their school, a signed copy of The Beast of Buckingham Palace, and the winning poems will be printed in the tour programme.
  • By entering the competition, the entrant agrees to their name, image and poem being used for promotional purposes.