The winners of the NACE Poetry Competition 2016/17 will be announced on 26 April 2017, alongside the launch of a special edition free e-book celebrating the shortlisted poems.

This year’s competition saw a record-breaking number of entries, with more than 1,300 primary- and secondary-school students submitting poems on the theme “new beginnings”.

Author Liz Kessler, who has taken on the challenge of selecting the winners, says she’s been “absolutely blown away” by the high standard and variety of submissions.

The winners will receive an Amazon voucher (£50 for the secondary category, £30 primary), as well as pride of place in a dedicated e-book created by education publishers Rising Stars.

NACE (the National Association for Able Children in Education) launched its national competitions programme in 2011, with the aim of providing challenging enrichment opportunities for young people. CEO Sue Riley commented, “Each year we are delighted by the breadth of creativity, honesty and originality on show.”

The winners will be announced online on 26 April 2017. Follow NACE on Twitter to get the news first.