April is National Poetry Month and this year to celebrate we will be holding a BLACKOUT POETRY COMPETITION for all children and young people aged 16 and under. 


Blackout Poetry is a form of 'found poetry' where you select words that catch your interest from a newspaper, book, or other printed text – along with a few additional words to make it flow. Then you redact all the words you don’t want. This is often (but not always) done with a black marker, hence the name 'blackout poetry'. Your chosen words will form a new message, giving the text a whole new meaning.

You might have an idea of the direction you’d like to go with your poem, but with such a limited choice of words, it helps to be open-minded about the outcome! You can start by circling words you like in pencil or by placing a piece of tracing paper on top to help with word selection while you get the hang of it.

Take your Blackout Poetry a step further by adding patterns, designs, or a drawing to the areas you’re 'redacting'. For example, instead of just filling in around your chosen words with solid black, you could create a drawing or design that relates to your poem. Just as with any illustration, your art should support the remaining text and add to its meaning.

If you’re on Instagram, check out the hashtag #blackoutpoetry or you can google 'blackout poetry images' for more creative inspiration!

The winner of the competition will receive a £50 Amazon Voucher.

Please post your completed BLACKOUT POEM to:

Swindon Tuition Centre

138 Victoria Rd, 

Old Town




Don't forget to include your full name, age and school. 


The judging panel will be Rhian our Office Administrator and Tom our Curriculum Manager. They will be basing their judgements on; creativity; use of language and uniqueness.