In honour of the 100th anniversary of the First World War, local children and young people are being encouraged to submit commemorative poems as part of a York Army Museum competition.

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The competition is part of ‘York Remembers: Lifting the shadow of the First World War’, a remembrance project co-ordinated by City of York Council, and which schools and individuals aged 7 – 18 can enter.

The poem should be an original piece on First World War remembrance.

Submissions are divided into five age categories; children in school years 3 – 4 and years 5 – 6; and young people in school years 7, 8 and 9, years 10 – 11 and years 12 - 13.

Children’s poems should be no longer than 28 lines, while poems submitted by young people should not exceed 40 lines. Entries can be hand delivered, sent to the York Army Museum by post or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12 noon on Friday 28 September.

Winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October at Explore Acomb Library by York poet, Doreen Gurrey, and will receive a book token and certificate in each category.

Councillor Keith Myers, executive member for education, children and young people, said: “I’m very pleased that we are able to engage the children and young people of York to help commemorate and honour the men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation.

“Besides being educational and reflective, the poetry competition is a great way to involve young communities with the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and I look forward to reading some of the entries.”

Cllr Keith Aspden, Executive member for Economic Development and Community Engagement said: "York has a deep-rooted connection with the armed forces and it is vital that we, as a city, commemorate the men and women who gave their lives during the First World War and furthermore, pay our respects to those who serve today.”

Allison Freeman, activities officer at York Army Museum, said: 'We are excited to be hosting the York Remembers poetry competition for children and young people, and looking forward to reading the submitted poems.  We are especially pleased that York poet, Doreen Gurrey, has agreed to judge this competition commemorating the ending of the First World War.'