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2021 Pen Buddies Global Poetry Competition Winners 

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We are delighted to announce Pen Buddies Global Poetry Winners!


The competition this year has been amazing and we received around 100 submissions from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China and Russia! We want to thank all of you for taking part and we hope you enjoyed writing the poems as much as we loved reading them.

The vision of the Pen Buddies project is to connect children around the globe, learn about and embrace the differences and remove communication barriers.


Writing a poem enables our children to share their knowledge, their culture and tell the story. The theme of the poetry competition was “The World Around Us”. 



We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Pen Buddies poetry competition

Little Gem Award - 5-7 y.o.

Global Winner: Lucas Chun Kit Yu (Day At The Beach) - Hong Kong

Creativity Prize: Alex Caizhuohan (Dream) - China

Inspiration Prize: Jeremy (My Cat) - Hong Kong 

Orpheus Award - 8-10 y.o.

Global Winner: Daisy Shi (Wind) - China

Creativity Prize: Leung Ho Yin Alice (Who Hurts You) - Hong Kong

Inspiration Prize: Wang Junsh Spino (Thunder) - China

Apollo Award - 11-13 y.o.

Global Winner: Grace (One Night in My Dream) - UK

Creativity Prize: Louis (Winter Spirit) - UK

Inspiration Prize: Maya (Our Planet) - UK

Congratulations to you all!

Little Gem Awards

Winning Poems

Orpheus Awards

Winning Poems

Apollo Awards 

Winning Poems

View All Submitted Poems

Listen to poem recited by one of our Pen Buddies

Poetry courses are provided by ETC International College.

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This competition is Supported and Funded by BH Coastal Lottery fund

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Meet The Judges


Virginia Macgregor

Virginia Macgregor is a novelist and writes books for adults and young adults. You can find more about her and her books at

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David Jones

Principal of ETC International College,

Vice-Chair of the International Education Association of Bournemouth,

Christchurch and Poole

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Cllr Lawrence William

Ward Councillor for Littledown &

Iford Vice-Chairman Audit &

Governance Conservative

Spokesman for Culture and Leisure


Harvey Martin

Local Poet from Virginia Water Council


Ms Jane Millward

Jane Millward was appointed Chief Executive Officer in March 2019.

Jane joined E-ACT as a regional education director in September 2016 before being appointed national director of education in February 2017.

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