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Winner of our Valentine's Day poetry competition

Valentine's Day winnerWe gave you the chance to win the perfect Valentine's gift for your favourite bookworm and were overwhelmed by your creativity and passion.

Congratulations to Sian W. from Essex, who made us chuckle with her lovely literary poem. She won a £50 National Book Tokens gift card featuring her winning verse, to be treasured forever (and spent on lots of lovely books, of course).

Here's Sian's winning poem:

You're the Romeo to my Juliet,
The Pip to my Estella -
Our very own love story
Would be a bestseller!


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Poems we loved

There were so many great entries that it was hard to pick a winner! Here are some of the other poems we loved:


You're the pages to my book
You're the cover to my spine
You're the writing to my paper
So will you please be mine?

- Lisa H, West Yorkshire


You are the fresh new book I open and the page I always find.
I read you back and forth - each time, there’s something more.

- Mimi T, Bristol


My bookmark, edges worn with love, with the turning of our pages -
keep a place for me, always.

- Jennifer M, Plymouth


I fell for your charm,
Your wit and good looks,
But also was wooed,
By your love of great books.

- Sarah W, North Yorkshire


I used to crave Jane Austen's Darcy,
Not you, all bad jokes, crude and arsey,
But now I see you're just right for me
Because I'm no Elizabeth B!

- Becky W, Warwickshire


Books are great, books are fun,
please be my bookie-wookie one.

- Martin D, North Yorkshire



Terms and Conditions

Prizes: 1 x winner will receive a £50 National Book Tokens gift card featuring the text of their winning poem (residents of the Republic of Ireland will receive a €60 National Book Tokens gift card in a standard design)

By entering this competition, entrants agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions:

  • Closing date is 11:59pm on 7th February 2019.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • A minimum of one and a maximum of three poems may be submitted per entrant.
  • The winning poem will be selected by Book Tokens Ltd. and the winner will be contacted on Friday 8th February. In the event of a winner not responding after 3 days, we reserve the right to allocate the prize to another winner on Monday 11th February.
  • The prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prize or offer an alternative prize.
  • The competition is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents aged 16 and over except for employees of the Booksellers Association and Book Tokens Ltd. and employees of participating bookshops. Please note that personalised National Book Tokens gift cards are not currently available in Euros, so if the winner is a resident of the Republic of Ireland they will receive the alternative prize of a €60 National Book Tokens gift card in a standard design; however, their winning poem may still be used in post-competition publicity.
  • Entrants agree to Book Tokens Ltd. using their details in post-competition publicity. Your details will not be used for any other purpose, or passed onto any third parties, unless specified.
  • Book Tokens Ltd. will only use your email address and personal information as outlined in our Privacy Policy.
  • The promoters’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The promoter reserves the right to withdraw the competition at any time, with no prior notice.
  • Winning gift cards can be used in participating bookshops. To find your nearest participating store, visit
  • Promoter: Book Tokens Ltd, 6 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR.
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