How to Enter

Please select your location below for details on how to enter the competition.

 

The Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition is coordinated by Routes into Languages North West:

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Malala Yousafzai


"Our cultural heritage, identity and languages are all important to us and poetry is a great way to express these – I am very inspired by The Mother Tongue Other Tongue Project" 


Read the poems from the 2019 Mother Tongue Other Tongue Northwest Anthology:

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Download the Anthology 2019

 


Manchester Childrens Book Festival

East Midlands

The Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition does not currently run in the East Midlands.

If you are an organising body interested in running the project in this area, please email us at mtot@mmu.ac.uk and we would be happy to discuss this further.

East of England

The competition is free and open to 11-18 year olds (Years 7 - 13).

Each school should select the three best entries per year group.  Age categories are as follows:

  • KS3 (Secondary years 7, 8 and 9)
  • KS4 (Secondary years 10 and 11)
  • KS5 (Secondary years 12 and 13)

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and winning entries will receive certificates and Amazon vouchers.

Routes into Languages East invites young writers to send in their poetry and verse for this multi-lingual poetry competition. There are two categories:

Mother Tongue:
This can be an original, creative piece, or a poem or song that is ‘remembered’ – i.e. something in your first language that you recall, or that has been told to you by a relative. This can be in any language but English and pieces must also include a short explanation of the inspiration behind the piece, where it comes from, or why it is important to the person submitting it (no more than half a page).

Other Tongue:
Entries must be original poem and written in a language that is not the first language spoken by the person writing it. This can be any language, including English (if it is not the writer’s first language)

The Rules:
Mother Tongue Other Tongue is open to all mainstream and supplementary secondary schools in the East and pupils can enter as individuals or groups of any size.

All entries must be accompanied by a Mother Tongue Other Tongue Entry Cover Sheet . 

To submit by email, send your entry to Sarah.Schechter@anglia.ac.uk, including all the details requested above and with the subject heading MTOT.

To submit by post: send a copy of your work remembering to include all the information and contact details listed above to:

Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Sarah Schechter
Routes into Languages East
Hel 353
Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge
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London

The Poetry Translation Centre is delighted to announce the return of Mother Tongue Other Tongue to the London region in 2016. The competition is free and open to 8-18 year olds (Years 4-13) at mainstream and supplementary schools in the Greater London area. Winners will be invited to regional and national celebration events, and their work will be published on the Poetry Translation Centre’s website.

How to enter: Entrants can submit work for either the Mother Tongue or Other Tongue category of the competition.

Mother Tongue: Choose a poem or song that you recall in your first language. It could have been told to you by a relative or you may have discovered it for yourself. It can be in any language other than English. Write an explanation (no more than half a page) of the inspiration behind the piece, where it comes from and why it is important to you. The explanation must be written in English and is the part on which your entry will be judged.

Other Tongue: Submit an original poem that you have written in a language you have studied at school or as part of extra-curricular activity. The poem must be written in one of the following languages: Arabic, French, Persian, Somali, Spanish or Turkish.

You can enter as an individual or as part of a school group. Schools should select the four best entries per age range.

Age ranges are as follows:

  • KS2 (Primary years 4, 5 and 6)
  • KS3 (Secondary years 7, 8 and 9)
  • KS4 (Secondary years 10 and 11)
  • KS5 (Secondary years 12 and 13)

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover sheet. You can download the Mother Tongue Other Tongue Greater London Cover Sheet 2016 from our resources page at www.poetrytranslation.org/mother-tongue-other-tongue-2016

The deadline for entries in Greater London is Friday 22nd July 2016.

Email entries should be sent with the subject heading ‘Competition 2016’ to mtot@poetrytranslation.orgwith the competition entry and entry cover sheet as separate attachments.

To submit by post, send a copy of your work with the entry cover sheet to:

Mother Tongue Other Tongue
Poetry Translation Centre
12 Tileyard Studios
Tileyard Road
London
N7 9AH

If you have any enquiries about the competition in Greater London or would like to discuss ways of integrating Mother Tongue Other Tongue in your lessons, please email Tom Boll at mtot@poetrytranslation.org.

North East England

 

The Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition does not currently run in North East England.

 

If you are an organising body interested in running the project in this area, please email us at routes@mmu.ac.uk and we would be happy to discuss this further.

 

North West England

‌‌‌‌The competition is open to children aged 8 to 18 (Year 4 to Year 13).

We can only accept up to four entries from each school for each part of the competition (i.e up to four entries for Mother Tongue, and up to four entries for Other Tongue).

An entry to the Mother Tongue competition should be in two parts.  The first part is a poem.  This can be an original, creative piece, or a poem or song that is ‘remembered’ – i.e.  this could be something in the pupil’s first language that they recall, or that has been told to them by a relative.  It can be in any language but English. The second part of the entry to the Mother Tongue part of the competition should be a short explanation of the inspiration behind the piece, where it comes from, and why it is important.  This should be no more than half a page of writing.  It must be written in English and is the part on which the entry is judged.

An entry to the Other Tongue competition should be an original poem written in a language that is not the pupil’s first language.  In the North West region we can accept entries in French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Urdu and Mandarin.

For both parts of the competition, judging is based on the written work and not the artwork.  However, we usually have many beautifully illustrated entries and encourage pupils to consider the presentation of their work.

What to include with your entry:
Each entry must be accompanied by a cover sheet. Download the‌ North West Cover Sheet here.

The MTOT Teachers Pack 2020 is available to download here.

How to submit your entries:
Work should be submitted by post only - sorry we are unable to accept email entries.  All entries must reach us by the 15th May 2020.

Remember to include a cover sheet for each entry providing all the information we require.

Post your entries to:

Routes into Languages North West
Geoffrey Manton Building
Department of Languages, Information and Communications
Manchester Metropolitan University
Rosamund Street West
Off Oxford Road
Manchester
M15 6LL

 

Northern Ireland

The Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition does not currently run in Northern Ireland.

If you are an organising body interested in running the project in this area, please email us at routes@mmu.ac.uk and we would be happy to discuss this further.

Scotland

For details on the Scottish Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition, please visit:

https://www.scilt.org.uk/MTOT/tabid/5841/Default.aspx

South East England

The Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition does not currently run in South East England.

If you are an organising body interested in running the project in this area, please email us at routes@mmu.ac.uk and we would be happy to discuss this further.

South West England

The Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition does not currently run in South West England.

If you are an organising body interested in running the project in this area, please email us at routes@mmu.ac.uk and we would be happy to discuss this further.

Wales

The Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition does not currently run in Wales.

If you are an organising body interested in running the project in this area, please email us at routes@mmu.ac.uk and we would be happy to discuss this further.

West Midlands

The competition opens from Friday 1st March and the deadline for entries is Monday 20th May 2019.

Please send your entries by email to routes@aston.ac.uk, or by post to Claire Richards, Project Manager, Routes into Languages, MB777, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET.

The competition is open to all students in KS3, KS4 & KS5.

For more information on the competition, how to enter and for ideas of how to integrate this into your lessons, please download the Teacher’s Pack from https://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/events/mother-tongue-other-tongue-poetry-competition-9

 

Yorkshire and Humberside

To enter go to www.languages-sheffield.org.uk

Each entry must be accompanied by a MTOT cover sheet available from the above website and entries must be posted to:  MTOT, Languages Sheffield, The Circle, Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW 

For any further information email mtot-yh@hotmail.com or phone Xiaohua Chen 0114 2536704 or Clare Allison 0114 2296571