If I met a cocoa farmer

The Divine Poetry Competition is organised by Divine Chocolate and Christian Aid. Together, we have been running the competition for twelve years to provide teachers with an opportunity to explore the issues of Fairtrade, and give young people a creative way to respond and articulate their ideas.

This year’s theme invites you to think about how much you enjoy eating chocolate and then imagine what it might be like to meet a cocoa farmer from Ghana – one of the people without whose hard work you wouldn’t have your favourite treat!

Chocolate is something most of us love to share and enjoy, yet Cocoa farmers around the world who work extremely hard are often paid poorly. Instead it’s usually the people selling the finished chocolate who make the big money. If cocoa farmers can’t earn enough to live on from cocoa farming then they will need to earn money in other ways – and that means no more chocolate for us! Look at how Divine works with the farmers in a fair and empowering way by clicking here.

Let your imagination take flight. You could be meeting the cocoa farmer on a farm in Ghana, or here where the farmers could be visiting the UK for the first time.  Put this amazing encounter into a poem…

Philip Ardagh Divine Poetry Competition Judge 2014
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Philip Ardagh, best-selling children's author is leading this year’s judging panel.

We are excited to announce that best-selling children’s author, Philip Ardagh is this year’s judge! Best known for his Eddie Dickens and Grubtown Tales series of books, Philip has written over 100 books and awards include the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. His latest series,The Grunts, is illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

"I'm delighted to have been asked to judge the National Divine Poetry Competition combining two of my favourite things: poetry and chocolate... and, with Divine combining chocolate and Fairtrade, we're onto a winner before we've even started."

You can find more information about Philip on his website.


The winners in each age group will receive a box of Divine chocolate, £30 in book tokens, Christian Aid T-Shirts, mugs and pens. Runners up will receive Divine goody bags and Christian Aid mugs and pens

Top Tips

  • Poems must be about the theme. Every year we have to reject many wonderful poems because they have not kept to the theme
  • Encourage pupils to think beyond common stereotypes of developing countries. Fairtrade is about empowerment and justice
  • Watch video recordings of last year’s winning poems
  • Artwork is not judged

For teachers

For assemblies, lesson plans and other resources on Fairtrade & justice issues visit the Christian Aid learn website & Divine resources section

Welsh entries

For the third year running we are opening the competition to Welsh speakers. We are excited to have Welsh language children’s poet laureate Aneirin Karadog  as our guest judge. For a Welsh language version of our flyer please contact mdefis@cymorth-cristnogol.org

For more information about the welsh language competition, details of how to enter and to watch video recordings of last year’s Welsh language winners visit the Christain Aid  website 

Any Welsh lanuage entries should be sent to mdefis@cymorth-cristnogol.org

Terms & Conditions

  • All entries must arrive by 30 April 2014
  • There are three age categories: 7-11, 12-16 and 17-adult
  • Each category will have one winner and two runners-up (subject to the judge’s discretion)
  • You can send in entries via email or post
  • We regret that we can only receive entries from the UK and Northern Ireland
  • We regret that no entries can be returned
  • Prepare to be famous! Divine Chocolate and Christian Aid reserve the right to use any entries, and undertake publicity, in whatever ways they deem appropriate. Winning poems will be published on the Divine and Christian Aid websites

To enter

Please email you entries alongside a completed entry form to poetry@divinechocolate.com or return to Poetry, Divine Chocolate, 4 Gainsford Street, London, SE1 2NE

download the form here