Bye Bye Hunger

A nationwide creative writing challenge for kids!

In the UK right now, more people than ever are going hungry. We want to hear what kids have to say about this. So we’re asking children to get creative and help us say “bye, bye hunger!”

What you need to do to enter

Get creative! We’re asking children across the UK (aged nine and under) to take on our writing challenge to be in with the chance of seeing their amazing creations published in an exclusive ebook anthology.

Our incredible list of judges includes Cressida Cowell, Allie Esiri, Lauren Child, Richard Osman, and more, with shortlisting by The Poetry Society.

To take part:

  • Think of a character (that can be an animal, or an alien or a monster, but not human) and give the character a great name – something like Peter the Penguin, Milly the Monster, or Mandy the Martian. Draw a picture of the character so we know exactly what they’re like!
  • Tell us a story in the form of a poem about why the character is hungry. Maybe the cupboards are empty, or it’s the school holidays so they’re missing school dinners. The last line of the poem must be “…bye, bye hunger!”

The poem can have up to 12 lines and we’d like to see the drawing of the character on the same page please. Full details of the competition rules and how to enter are available below.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you and your kids to have fun, get creative, and think about what needs to change. And you can take action too by joining our movement for a hunger free future now.

Competition rules

The competition is open to all children who live in the UK, aged nine and under.

Poems should be no more than 12 lines.

All entries should include a photo of the drawing of the character.

Poems may be hand-written or typed out in the form below.

You can share your poem and drawing with us using the form below or via email or post.

Drawings and poems must not feature any reference to the child’s name or location.

The competition judges are:

  • Allie Esiri
  • Cressida Cowell
  • Dom Joly
  • Emma Revie
  • Kiri Pritchard-McLean
  • Lauren Child
  • Len Goodman
  • Levi Roots
  • The Poetry Society
  • Richard Osman
  • Tamzin Outhwaite

Poetry competition entry form

  • Maximum file size: 14Mb
    Max. file size: 15 MB.
  • If you do not give your consent, we will use a pseudonym (false name) in place of your child’s name to enable the poem to be shared and used.

  • We would love to be able to send you the very latest updates from the Trussell Trust. Please confirm your consent for the Trussell Trust to send you email updates about our work and how you can get involved.
  • The Trussell Trust will use the personal information that you provide as part of your entry in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. We use the personal information provided in your entry form under our legitimate interest to administer the competition and notify the winners, inform our campaigning and advocacy work, and, where you consent to receive marketing communications about our work, to tailor our communications with you. The Trussell Trust is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office under registration number Z279027X. Your information is stored on a secure database and will only be accessible to us, or organizations working for us. Your data will not be sold or rented to third-party organisations. Only entries where parental consent has been provided will be accepted in line with the competition terms and conditions.

    For our full Terms and Conditions and Subject Privacy Statement, please see the statements at the bottom of this page.

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Alternative method of entry

If you’d prefer to share via email, please send your entry to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Bye Bye Hunger’. If you’d prefer to share via post, please send your entry to ‘Bye Bye Hunger, The Trussell Trust, Unit 9, Ashfield Trading Estate, Salisbury.

In addition to your entry, please also include details of the child’s name, and the parent/guardian’s name, address, phone number, and email address.


Poem written by a person with lived experience of poverty, read by volunteers and food bank staff

Our children’s writing competition was inspired by this poem by Caroline, one of the thousands of people who’ve signed up to help us build a hunger free future and who has needed to use a food bank in the past.

“I just didn’t have enough money to live on. I didn’t want to go to a food bank. I was very embarrassed, thinking ‘why am I having to go and get free food?’ I’m not ashamed though because it’s not my fault. And it’s not of my making.”

ACCEPTABLE [ ak-sep-tuh-buhl ]


An activity or situation that most people would approve of consider to be normal

Last year, food banks in our network gave out a record 2.5 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis, including almost a million for children.

This isn’t right. It’s time for us to stand together to say that this is unacceptable, say ‘bye, bye’ to hunger and look forward to a future where no one needs to use a food bank.

Join us now to end the need for food banks

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Entering the Bye Bye Hunger competition. 

We look forward to receiving your children’s entries to the Bye Buy Hunger nationwide kids poetry competition.

Before you enter your child’s poem, please make sure you’ve read through and understand the below terms and conditions, as well as any additional guidelines listed on the challenge page itself. By submitting your child’s poem, you are agreeing to be bound by these terms and conditions.

If you have any questions, then please contact [email protected].

  1. This competition is only open to entrants who are nine or younger as at 1 May 2021, are based in the United Kingdom, whose entries are submitted by an appropriate parent or guardian. Evidence of age and residency may be required. Entries received from anyone over that age or that do not comply with these terms and conditions will not be eligible for consideration.
  2. Entry is free.
  3. You can only submit one entry per child. A poem can be submitted by a parent, guardian, or teacher who has the parent’s prior approval.
  4. Poems should be precisely 12 lines and no more than 120 words.
  5. All entries Should include both the poem and also a photo of the drawing of the character.
  6. The poem must be an original piece of fiction, about a made up character that is hungry. It should not feature any real events, whether historic or current and should not include any personal details.
  7. Your child’s poem and drawing should be uploaded via our website here or sent via email to [email protected], or by post to Hunger Free Future – Bye Bye Hunger, The Trussell Trust, Unit 9, Ashfield Trading Estate, Ashfield Road, Salisbury, SP2 7HL.
  8. All entries should give the first name (or a pseudonym if you would prefer) and age, either in the photo of the poem you upload, in the body of the email, or on a separate sheet if entering by post.
  9. We are unable to acknowledge receipt of poems.
  10. Poems must be mainly written in English but phrases in other languages are acceptable.
  11. Entries must be received by us by 23.59 BST on 30th May 2021. Any entries received after that date and time will not be eligible for consideration.
  12. Each poem must be the original work of the author. We will run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems.
  13. Entries are accepted on the basis that this will be their first publication anywhere in the world and must not have been previously published (in print, including anthologies, magazines, or solo collections; online on any website, including blogs, online magazines or on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram; broadcast on any regional, national, or online TV station or via any radio platform) or have won any other competition.
  14. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
  15. If your child’s application is successful, we will contact you to discuss their prize and what publicity we would like to offer, which you will be under no obligation to agree to or accept, and can opt out of at any time.
  16. The winning and commended poems will be published in book, ebook, and accompanying publicity. By entering your child’s work, you agree to allow us to publish their poem alongside their full name, unless you ask us to do otherwise, if they are a winner.
  17. By entering your child’s poem, you agree to let us use your email address to respond with the results of this challenge. You can ask us to delete your data at any time.
  18. The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering this competition, grant us and our competition partners, the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem in perpetuity.
  19. Competition entries sent by post cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please make sure you take note of all poems entered and send copies only.
  20. We reserve the right to use poems submitted to this competition as part of our own and/or any appropriate collaborative research or evaluation.
  21. We reserve the right to amend these Ts and Cs or cancel this competition at any time if it is necessary or due to circumstances beyond our control.
  22. We do not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any server, internet access, system or otherwise which may result in any entry being lost or not received. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
  23. These Ts and Cs are governed by the laws of England and Wales.


29 April 2021

Subject Privacy Statement

What type of personal information will be collected and why

Stories must be submitted by the parent/guardian of the child. The parent/guardian is responsible for ensuring they agree to the sharing and use of their child’s entry in line with the Terms and Conditions of the competition.

The personal data that we will collect are the parent/guardian’s name, email, phone number, and relationship to the writer.

The submitter will be asked to provide the writer’s name, age, gender. The Trussell Trust will only pass on personal information about your child to our partners where you have consented to us sharing this information.

Further, the overall “winning” entry will involve the possibility of further media coverage but this will be discussed and agreed with the parent if selected as the winner.

Our legal basis for processing this personal data is our legitimate interest in managing the competition and notifying the winners. Applications will only be considered where parental consent has been confirmed.

We have carefully considered the impact on the Submitter, and the children/writer, and we will not use yours or their personal information where the impact overrides our interests.

How will your information be used?

Your data will be use for the purposes of administering the competition, and to provide updates to on the progress of entries throughout the competition, where we deem it appropriate, to inform our campaigning and advocacy work and, where you consent to receive marketing communication about our work, to tailor our communications with you.

For your information we are working with Polygon Communications Ltd and the Poetry Society both of which will receive a copy of the poem, no further personal information relating to your child will be shared unless you provide your consent.

If you consent to receiving communications about our #HungerfreeFuture campaign, you can withdraw your consent at any time by unsubscribing using the link in the footer of any of our communications.

How long will we keep your information for?

If you are a parent/guardian and your child’s entry is unsuccessful, we will retain any identifiable personal information provided in the entry form for a period of three months; if the writer you have nominated is successful we will keep your personal information and that of the writer for a period of twelve months before we anonymise any identifiable personal information you provide in the entry form.

Who do we share your personal data with 

We will share your information with our third-party supplier who host the online entry form on our website. With your consent, we will share the first name and age of the writer, alongside their entry with our media partners Polygon. You can choose to ask us not to share the child’s name, in which case we will only supply Polygon with the writer’s entry and a pseudonym.

Where required, we will process personal information to comply with our legal obligations. In this respect we may share your personal data to comply with subject access requests; for the prevention and detection of crime; and to assist the police and other competent authorities with investigations including criminal and safeguarding investigations.

Your rights and more information

The Trussell Trust is a data controller registered with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office registration number Z279027X.

If you have any questions about how the Trussell Trust protects and used your personal information, or you wish to find out about your rights, please visit the Trussell Trust’s Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy provides more information about how the Trussell Trust processes your information and how you can contact the Trussell Trust Data Protection Team.

If you raise a concern with the Trussell Trust about the way we handled your personal information and you are dissatisfied with our response, you are entitled to lodge a concern with a supervisory authority. In the UK, the supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) whose helpline number is: 0303 123 1113.