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26th May
to 13th July
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Multi-Lingual judges required for the mother tongue other tongue poetry competition!

26th May to 13th July
Apply to be judges for this year’s Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition for 8-18 year olds.

This is an opportunity for students who are multi-lingual or who are learning another language, or with an interest in poetry in other languages, to be judges for this year’s Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition for 8-18 year olds.

Entries in both categories – Mother Tongue (poetry in a home language, judged on the basis of a commentary written in English) and Other Tongue (an opportunity for children to be creative in a language that they are learning) are currently being submitted. Judging will begin on 30th May, after the competition deadline has passed.  

 We are looking for people with a genuine interest in poetry and languages, who can spend time w/c 30th May reading entries from 8-18 year olds and, with a panel of other student judges, decide which pieces will be included in the anthology of this Queen’s Award winning project.  

Further information about the project, including the competition rubric and judging criteria can be found here: scroll down and click on ‘North West England’ tab.


Hours expected:

Total hours would be approx. (2 days reading/judging – 14 hours to be worked as desired) + (4 additional half days for meetings etc – 14 hours) and optional attendance at July 13th celebration event (half day) – so approx. 32 hours in total


Please apply, with a brief paragraph, giving details of your own language story, why you would like to be included on the judging panel and any relevant experience. 

In A Nutshell...

  • Collaborate online... to judge a multi-lingual poetry competition with international profile
  • Influence... languages and poetry for the 11th Anniversary Mother Tongue Other Tongue anthology
  • Make a difference... encourage a new generation of young people to appreciate diversity of cultures and languages
  • Develop... editing experience and create an anthology distributed in print and online
  • Gain Recognition... with an invitation to participate in the national celebration in July
  • Earn up to 175 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.


  • personal_video 13:00 to 15:00 on 26/05/23 - Takes place online
    Briefing Session - MTOT judges (everyone must attend)
    Competition deadline is Sunday 28th May. A teams session of approx 2 hours will be arranged in order to brief all judges about the judging process and to agree dates for judging meetings over the coming weeks.
  • call_split 30/05/23 to 05/06/23
    Reading and Judging of Mother Tongue Other Tongue entries
    Competition entries will be shared electronically with all judges. Judges will be required to read, comment and score on a shared document.
  • call_split 05/06/23 to 09/06/23
    Judging Meetings (online, times tba)
    Sharing and discussion of judging decisions via online meetings to agree winners.
  • call_split 12/06/23 to 16/06/23
    Editorial Input (optional)
    Checking and editorial input for pieces to be included in the anthology. By direction with project lead. Will result in editorial anthology credit.
  • place 12:00 to 20:00 on 13/07/23 - Grosvenor East Building
    Mother Tongue Other Tongue Celebration day (Optional PM and Evening)
    Participating schools are invited to this day of workshops and events and judges are invited to be involved. Some paid opportunities may be available for those wishing to work this event.