The hunt is on for Wolverhampton’s next Young Poet Laureate – and also the city's first ever Primary Poet Champion.

The City of Wolverhampton Council's Library Service is looking to crown a Young Poet Laureate aged 12 and over, and a Primary Poet Champion aged between 8 and 11. 

Entries are now being invited. Young people who wish to be considered for the role of Young Poet Laureate should produce a poem with the title of Out of Darkness Cometh Light, while children who want to enter the competition to become Primary Poet Champion are asked to come up with a poem with the title, A World of Wonder in Wolverhampton.

Children and young people can enter individually via their parent or guardian, while teachers can also sign up their whole class or school to take part. To register your interest, please email

The closing date for entries is 26 November and the top 10 entries in each category will go through to a virtual final being held on 17 December where a judging panel will decide the overall winners. All finalists will be published in an anthology, while the top three in each category will receive a £20 gift voucher.

The contest is being organised by the council in association with the Wolverhampton Literature Festival and Go Write.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We're looking for Wolverhampton's next Young Poet Laureate and our first ever Primary Poet Champion so, if you're a poet and you know it, here's your chance to show off your talents to the whole city."