CLOSED – Wednesday 19th August 2020

Please enter your ECO-Poetry or ECO-Prose here:

Under 12 Results from earlier this year

Friends of the Earth Tunbridge Wells are delighted to report that, as a first stage, a prize has been awarded, in the under twelve category, to Mabel Mills, aged 11, for her powerful poem: Change.

What you need to know…

Due to current events, the competition was relaunched on World Environment Day, Friday 5thJune, with a closing date of 19thAugust 2020.

The broad theme is the Environment: Climate Change, and Climate Action for the wellbeing of the planet, and whatever this might inspire at the current time. Entries on the theme of Biodiversity, the subject of World Environment Day, are also welcome.  

“This writing competition is an opportunity for the people of Tunbridge Wells to express creatively, their ideas, anxieties and frustrations, about the climate crisis and state of the Earth. It’s time to share your voice!” says, Steve Walter, Making Connections Matter.

 The winners, and those who are shortlisted, will be invited to read their work at an event in Tunbridge Wells (details to be decided). There is a £25 prize for the winner.


There is no charge for entry but a donation to Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth is kindly invited, (£2 per entry as a guide, but this is not mandatory – contact the group for further information on Please note, everyone involved with the competition is giving their help freely.

The competition is only open to those, over 12 years old, who live, work or usually attend school within the Royal Borough of Tunbridge Wells. Entries should be the author’s own work, and may have been previously published (if this is the case, the place of publication should be cited).

Poems should be no longer than 50 lines. Prose entries will also be accepted but should not exceed 500 words. No more than two entries per person, please.

Please send your entry by email to the competition organiser, Steve Walter, at and give the title of the poem as well as your name in the email, but not on the entry itself.

The deadline for entries is midnight on World Orangutan Day, Wednesday 19thAugust 2020.

The entries will be judged by poets, Abegail Morley, Jill Munro (and Steve Walter).

No alterations can be made once submitted… Happy writing!



This year, the theme of World Environment Day (5th June) was biodiversity or Time for Nature…

For information on climate action in the UK, visit:

Steve Walter is a local author and poet, with a pamphlet published by Indigo Dreams, When the Change Came. He has been published in The Literary Review, Poetry South-East 2000 and Acumen, as well as the Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Folio collections. He has written a long environmental poem, Gaia 2020, published by Making Connections Matter, and first performed at the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

The prize money has been donated by Making Connections Matter.

Tunbridge Wells Friends of the Earth Poetry & Prose Competition 2020