Lonely Planet Kids: poetry competition

by on 01/08/16 at 7:22 am

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At Lonely Planet Kids we love poetry, especially poetry for children and especially poetry for children that relates to travel. So we asked Kirstie Pelling, a poet and co-author of the Family Adventure Project blog, to be our poet-in-residence for six months. Kirstie has been writing poems on a cities theme and we’ve been sharing them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and PopJam. Hopefully you’ve seen some and got involved with guessing the city.

Well, now it’s your turn! For this month’s creative challenge we are asking our young explorers to create their own poem for the chance to win a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books. Over on her blog, Kirstie has supplied you with some inspiration and tips for how to get started. And remember poems can be as long or as short you as like. Some of the best poems are short limericks or three-line haikus.

Follow the instructions below for a chance to win a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books worth £60!

The Task

Write an original poem (of any length) on one of your favourite places. This could be a busy city, a deserted beach, somewhere you know well or somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit. It could be a train-ride, a particular museum or even the best ice-cream you’ve ever had. It can be anything you want it to be. Just write it down and send it to us.


There are four ways you can help your child enter the design your own landmark competition:

  1. By email: Scan, upload or take a photo of their entry and send it from your email address to Lonely Planet Kids at lonelyplanet.kids@lonelyplanet.com.
  2. By Twitter: Tweet a photo of your completed activity sheet to @lpkids including #lpkidschallenge.
  3. By post: Send a copy of your entry to us via post to: Spot the Lot competition, c/o Lonely Planet, 240 Blackfriars Rd, London, SE1 8NW. Please ensure you include your email address with any entry sent via registered post so we can contact you if your child’s entry is chosen as the winner.
  4. On your blog: Post your child’s entry to your blog and email the blog link to lonelyplanet.kids@lonelyplanet.com.

Entries must be received by 11.59pm (BST) on 26th August 2016. With all entries, please include whether you are happy for us to share your child’s entry on Twitter. This won’t affect their entry in any way.


The most creative and inspiring entry will win an a bundle of Lonely Planet Kids books (worth GBP £60) and two runners up will receive their very own copy of the Travel Book for Kids.


Before entering, please read the terms and conditions here.

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