National Eco-Poetry Project  |  NOW CLOSED FOR ENTRIES

‘Imagine Co-Writing a Poem with a Tree, River, or Even the Weather…’

Wild Words is an exciting cross-species poetry project inviting young people across the UK to connect with nature.

A huge amount of you have been collaborating your local environment to craft stunning, thoughtful, inventive, and caring pieces of poetry.

We’re going to start releasing your pieces across our social media channels across December. We can’t wait for the world to read them!

Wild Words is supported by The Hays Travel Foundation and Save the Children UK.


Why Wild Words?

Our aim is to inspire empathy, understanding and community between young people and their local natural environments.

Our world faces environmental challenges, and we believe the arts can play a crucial role in raising awareness and empowering young voices.



Our favourite 50 poems will be published in our new Wild Words poetry anthology eBook. Plus, all entries will be showcased on our website and across our social media.

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Even though our project is now closed to entries, you can still make use of our guides to writing poetry with nature…

A person standing in front of a tree


Great for Ages 10 and Under

In this guide, we’ll explore the wonderful world of nature poetry.

Imagine co-writing a poem with a tree, a river, or even the rain!

We’ll help you tap into your creative spirit and connect with the natural world around you.

Get set for a poetic adventure!

A person standing in front of a tree


Great for Ages 11 18

In this guide, we’ll explore the fascinating world of cross-species poetry. This means writing poems in collaboration with creatures, plants, places, and even the weather.

Why give it a try it? Because it sparks our creativity and helps us see the world from fresh, exciting perspectives.

Get ready for a poetic adventure beyond the human!

Terms and Conditions
  • This project is open to young people aged 18 and under residing in the UK.
  • Poems must be submitted using the application forms provided.
  • Writers aged 12 and under must gain permission from a parent, guardian, or caregiver to enter.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Poems must be written in English.
  • Poems must be the original work of the author. We will run plagiarism checks on all entries.
  • Poems must not have been published anywhere else previously.
  • Entries will be published on Theatre in the Rough’s website and social media channels.
  • Up to 50 poems will also be published as an eBook. These will be chosen by the project organisers. Their decision is final.
  • Writers agree to publication, alongside their first name, unless anonymity has been requested.
  • The organisers will make no payment for any poems published.
  • Writers retain the copyright of their poems, and there are no restrictions on how they may use them in the future.
  • Theatre in the Rough reserves the right to host the poems on their website and social media channels indefinitely.
  • As the project is for young people, Theatre in the Rough reserves the right not to publish poems that contain language or imagery deemed inappropriate. In such cases, Theatre in the Rough may suggest changes or edits.
  • Theatre in the Rough reserves the right not to publish any poems that we feel do not meet the values of the project. This includes works that we perceive to advocate or encourage harm to the natural environment in a non-critical manner. No discussion will be entered into.
  • Email addresses will only be used for project-related communication.
  • Entrants agree to let us anonymise their data for reporting purposes to the project’s funders. No individual will be able to be identified in this reporting.
  • We securely store data and will never share it with anybody else.
  • You can ask us to delete your data at any time.
  • We may revise these Terms and Conditions at any time, and should be checked here whenever submitting an entry.
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