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My London Story: Poems on the Buses Poetry Competition - CLOSED

My London Story: Poetry on the Buses - find out more about how you can get involved with our poetry call out to celebrate the BBC centenary.

Children at a London bus stop, 1977. © Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London

Children at a London bus stop, 1977. © Henry Grant Collection/Museum of London

Where does the bus take you?

From home to school and back again? To be with friends; to the cinema; to watch football?

Where does the bus take your imagination?

Do you stare out of the window and watch the city pass by? Or wonder about the stories of other passengers? Do you and your friends turn each bus journey into a hangout, swapping stories, sharing your problems, having a laugh?

Does the bus help you to escape? Or to bring you back home?

The London bus journey is a thing filled with creative potential, inspiring poets for over a century. Now – it’s your turn!

We are looking for the capital's freshest voices

If you’re a Londoner between the ages of 11-16, we want your best short poem on the theme of a London bus journey. Perhaps you’ll write about a memorable journey you once took, or about the everyday experience of getting the bus to school. We want to know how the bus connects you to your city, your community, and your sense of identity.

What could I win?

Send us your poem and have a chance to win:
  • Your poem turned into a poster by Transport for London, and displayed in public at selected locations across the London bus network.
  • Learn top tips and tricks for performing and broadcasting your words from BBC Radio London staff, plus an opportunity to discuss programming ideas with the BBC Radio London team.
  • Your poem entering the Museum of London’s permanent collection, to become part of London’s history alongside iconic and historic objects.
  • Your poem featured on the Museum of London website, and included in a ‘My London Story’ zine to be produced by the museum.

The competition will be judged by Raymond Antrobus and Cecilia Knapp. Raymond is an award-winning poet, educator and spoken-word artist. Born in Hackney to an English mother and Jamaican father, his work draws on his lived experience as a Londoner and as a d/Deaf person. Cecilia is a poet, playwright and novelist and the Young People’s Laureate for London.

How do I enter?

Fill out the online entry form here.

What are the rules?

‘Poems on the Buses’ poetry competition is part of ‘My London Story’ – a landmark project to capture the unique histories of London’s children – past, present and future, and part of BBC100, celebrating the centenary of the BBC.

My London Story is a Museum of London project for BBC100, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The competition is open to entries until midnight on Sunday 31 July 2022. Winning entries will be announced in October 2022. Read our competition terms and conditions.