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Fota Wildlife Park Poetry Trail Competition

Fota Wildlife Park Poetry Trail Competition

Budding young poets, how would you like to see your poem in print, or win a trip to Fota Wildlife Park for your school or your family?

Building on last year's success, Fota Wildlife Park has teamed up again with Poetry Ireland to offer children aged 5-12 a chance to win a trip to Fota Wildlife Park for their entire class on Poetry Day Ireland, Thursday 26 April 2018. Winning poems will also appear on a special poetry trail map, which visitors to Fota can enjoy from Poetry Day Ireland until supplies run out! 

See your poem in print
Twenty animal-themed poems will be selected to appear on a special Poetry Trail Map of Fota Wildlife Park. Visitors to Fota will be able to use the map to read poems about the many animals who live in Fota as they follow the trail around. 

Competition prizes & categories
Poems will be selected for the map from all the age groups, and the winning competition entries will be judged in two categories:

Schools Category for Junior Infants – 6th Class 
Individual Category for ages 5-12 years
One winning poet in the Schools Category will win entry passes* for their class group to Fota Wildlife Park which will include an animal-themed poetry workshop with poet Grace Wells on Thursday 26 April.

The winning poet in the Individual Category will win a family pass to Fota Wildlife Park on a date of their choice.

All entries will be acknowledged, and a certificate of participation will be sent to all children.
* for a class group of up to 34 students, plus 4 accompanying adults/teachers. Does not include transport.

How do I enter?


Entering the competition is easy. Just pick any species of animal, plant or tree that is under conservation at Fota Wildlife Park and write a poem about it. So whether you’re in awe of a macaw, mad about meerkats, or picky about penguins, we want you to write a poem about your favourite species.

Download an application form now to apply by post.

Entries should be sent by the closing date to: 
Poetry Day Ireland & Fota Wildlife Park Poetry Trail Competition 2018
Poetry Ireland
11 Parnell Square East, Dublin 1

or, simply apply online.

Read the competition rules here.


Top tip!
Have a look at all the content on our website to find out exactly what animals and plants are in the park. While everyone loves lions, giraffes, rhinos and monkeys, don’t forget that you can also take inspiration from some of the less well-known species like oryx, gibbons, mangabeys, tapirs and more.