Divine and Christian Aid 14th National Poetry Competition

Do your pupils love chocolate?

Fire their imaginations and creativity with this poetry competition with Christian Aid which will take them on a voyage of discovery about the world of chocolate, cocoa farmers and Fairtrade.

Leading the judging panel in 2016 is Caroline Lawrence, best-selling children’s author of historical fiction series The Roman Mysteries.

Caroline says; "I love stories, words and the five senses. Poems combine all those elements. Poems and stories can change the way people think and therefore the world. For that reason I’m thrilled to have been asked to judge the Divine Chocolate & Christian Aid Poetry Competition. I can’t wait to read your entries.”


Students can take part simply by writing a poem about Fairtrade chocolate. For the chance to win the competition, please ensure your students follow our suggested prompts & tips and return all entries using instructions below.
Step 1. Download an entry form:

Step 2. Return your entry form and poem(s) by the closing date: 30th April 2016:

  • English poems by emailpoetry@divinechocolate.com
  • English poems by post: Poetry, Divine Chocolate, 4 Gainsford Street, London, SE1 2NE
  • Welsh poems by emailcymru@cymorth-cristnogol.org
  • Welsh poems by post: Poetry, Cystadleuaeth Barddoni Divine, Cymorth Cristnogol, Llys Porth yr Eglwys, 3 Heol yr Eglwys, Yr Eglwys Newydd, Caerdydd CF14 2DX
The competition is now closed. The winning poems will be chosen and read aloud by Caroline Lawrence in early June and we will contact winners to arrange delivery of prizes. 

2016 THEME:

A Love That Grows
Suggested prompts for the theme ‘A Love That Grows’:
  • 7-11 years: Think about what you love about Fairtrade chocolate. Does it make you smile?
  • 12-16 years: It’s a long journey for a Fairtrade cocoa bean to be made into chocolate. Can you describe it?
  • 17 years-adult: Did you know we could potentially run out of chocolate by 2020? How does that feel? Do you think we ‘cherish’ chocolate enough?


Top Tips for Poetry Entries!
  • Poems must be about the theme. Every year we have to reject many wonderful poems because they have not kept to the theme
  • This is the Divine poetry competition so make sure you mention Divine Chocolate in your poem and not other chocolate products!
  • Artwork is not judged, however if it is handwritten please make sure it is legible so the judges can read your poem!
  • Try to think beyond common stereotypes of developing countries. Fairtrade is about empowering farmers


Divine and Christian Aid 14th National Poetry Competition Prize
Open to UK&I residents aged 7+ years. Closing date 30.04.16. Terms and conditions apply.
This year's prizes include Divine Chocolate, Christian Aid goodies and some fantastic gifts from Ethical Superstore
Ethical Superstore solar chargerGreat Gizmos Solar Mechanics kitChristian Aid camping mug


  •  Divine Chocolate Poetry 2016 Poem Template.pdf to download and print.
  • Inspiration from kids of Kuapa Kokoo Cocoa Farmers in Ghana (see below)
  • Teaching resources from Trading Visions, a sister charity of Divine Chocolate:
    • FREE lesson plans, educational videos and powerpoint presentations, including the bean to bar journey and a day in the life of Raphael, the son of a cocoa farmer in Ghana
    • Order a bean-to-bar DVD or ‘Be a Cocoa Farmer’ activity kit


"Before my father joined Fairtrade, at the end of the year when he got payment for the cocoa he did not get a fair price. Then we joined the Fairtrade he got fair price, then at the end of the year he gets more money,  a bonus, for each bag of cocoa that he has sold. We don’t eat cocoa or chocolate. So then we learnt that they transported cocoa out of the country and they made it into chocolate. I really enjoyed the chocolate it was really delicious."
- Rijayatu Razak


“Through Fairtrade we were given some chocolate. I hadn’t tasted it before. I liked the chocolate because it is so sweet.”
- Joycelyn Segbedzi

“Fairtrade supports Kuapa and means my father gets a bonus for selling his cocoa.”
- Raphael Agyapong


"School is very fine. When my grandfather sends his cocoa to Kuapa, we get a fair price and bonuses which we use to buy pens, erasers and books. The other cocoa companies don't pay bonuses so the farmers' kids don't have money to buy food or pay school fees."
- Isaac Owusu