spring words

poetry competition

Win £250 to spend at Thought

The natural world is never far from our inspiration. And our new Nature’s Poet collection looks to the poets, artists and writers who have shared our appreciation of the British countryside. Poems of the early 19th century Romantic Movement play a key part in inspiring this collection’s mood and our unique prints. In particular, William Wordsworth’s famous poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

To celebrate the launch of Nature’s Poet, we are calling all budding writers to put pen to paper and enter our Spring Words poetry competition to be in with the chance of winning a £250 e-gift card for Thought. Simply write a short poem about nature and keep it to no more than four lines. Our guest judge, Kim Moore will pick a winner, we’ll publish your poem on our blog, and then treat you to £250 to spend with us! Competition ends at midnight on Thursday 12th April. Enter below:

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Terms and conditions:

• By entering this Competition, Entrants confirm that they have read and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
• By entering, you agree to allow Thought to contact you in the future with further competitions, news and offers.
• The promoter: Thought, Westgate House, 149 Roman Way, London N7 8XH, UK.
• The Promoter reserves the right both to cancel the Competition and to amend the rules where deemed necessary or to account for circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control.
• The Competition closes at midnight on Thursday 12th April 2018.
• The Competition is open worldwide, to those aged 18 or over, excluding employees of the Promoter.


• Entries must be a short poem, no more than four lines in length, about the subject of nature.
• You do not have to be a published poet to enter.
• A single Entrant can enter a maximum of one poem.
• Poems must be the original work of the Entrant.
• Entries must not have been published in print, online, or featured among the winners of another competition.
• Alterations cannot be made to poems once entered.
• By Entering the Competition, all Entrants are deemed to have provided the Promoter with a right and licence to use the Entrant’s Entry on the Thought blog and social media channels.
• Entries not complying with these Terms and Conditions will be disqualified.


• The Competition is to win a £250 e-gift card to spend at wearethought.com.
• No cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable.
• All Entries are judged anonymously. Judging will take place within 2 weeks of the closing date.
• The Winner will be notified by email within 3 weeks of closing date and receive the Prize by email.
• If the Promoter is not able to get in contact with the Winner by 11/05/2018, the Prize will be forfeited and an alternative Winner drawn.

Our guest judge

Kim Moore was born in 1981 and lives and works in Cumbria. Her first full length collection The Art of Falling was published by Seren in April 2015 and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She received a New Writing North Award in 2014, an Eric Gregory Award in 2011 and the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2012. Her first pamphlet If We Could Speak Like Wolves was a winner in The Poetry Business Pamphlet Competition, judged by Carol Ann Duffy. If We Could Speak Like Wolves was chosen as an Independent Book of the Year in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Michael Marks Pamphlet Award and the Lakeland Book of the Year Award. She is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University, exploring how poetry can be used to examine experiences of sexism.