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The Poetry Games
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Poetry Competition

The Poetry Games inspires your students to write for what they believe in! From voicing their opinions to what ignites a passion within them, students can be inspired by something or someone that really matters to them.

They can write in any style and play with language as they want to as long as they deliver a powerful, passionate poem that proves the pen is mightier than the sword.



  • Only one entry per student

  • Poems can be written or typed on any theme and in any poetic style

  • Please ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the student entry form


1st Prize - £1000
and the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence for the school sending in the best overall group of entries

2nd Prize - £500
and a trophy

3rd Prize - £250
and a trophy

Plus every participating school will receive a complimentary copy of the book their students feature in!

Our top 5 poets will be invited to turn their poem into a video, which will then be put up for public vote - the most votes wins! 1st place wins an iPad and 4 runners-up each receive a Kindle Fire HD.

(Winners will be chosen from the entries received during the Spring Term 2018.)

How To Enter

  • If you are in need of more entry forms, please go to Downloads / Resources Request

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    Young Writers SS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload poems to Online Entries



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Poster, Lesson Plan, resources, and more… please fill in the short form below. All download links will appear once the form is sent and the links will also be emailed to you.



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Writing Tips

Tip #1

Ask students to pick a short article from a newspaper on a current, topical story that they are interested in. Ask them to highlight the key words and points of the story and to write them down on a piece of paper. Now they need to jot down a few notes on why this story has appealed to them – is it because it’s funny, or there’s been an injustice, or are they for or against the journalist’s argument?

Using the key words they’ve chosen ask students to develop them into to a short poem including their thoughts on why this subject is important. For example, if the article was about a soldier’s death in Syria, are they for or against the fighting, how does it make them feel and what do they want their reader to feel – they can use the key words as a basis to express their thoughts. This is a good exercise in adapting prose into poetry, how syntax and language can be used to persuade the reader as well as give a starting point for developing their poem.

Tip #2

Discuss personification and imagery with students. These are great poetic techniques to bring poems to life – imagery can let readers feel as if they are in the scene the poet is setting and personification can give an identity to unexpected things, such as a child’s toy witnessing bullying or how an iceberg feels as it melts due to global warming. Experimenting with these and other poetic techniques is a fun part of the planning and drafting of a poem.

Tip #3

Ask students to look at an issue, such as bullying or crime and write poems from different perspectives, e.g. the bully and child's parent, or the criminal and victim; ask your students to describe the feelings/motivation for the different character’s point of view in their poems.

Use italics or a different style of dialogue so the reader can identify the different character’s speaking in each verse. To extend this activity you can ask students to share their poems with the class and then discuss (or debate) the different points of view highlighted in students’ work.

Tip #4

The closing date is only a few days away, but there’s still time to take part! Why not suggest students write a short metaphor poem – where they compare their subject matter to something they feel relates to it.

Students need to think of an object they can compare their subject matter to – its personality, interests, physical traits etc and paint a picture with words. For example, they could compare politics to the weather – is it stormy, sunny or is there a cold front on the way? What about comparing a rainforest with a clock – is its life ticking away on a final countdown? Or what about comparing a nurse’s day to a river – sometimes calm and other times a raging torrent, some people saved and others claimed by the water. What would students compare a soldier to, or homeless person, or an endangered species …? 

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Contact Us

Young Writers SS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

Enter online
For Young Writers entering independently (not via their school)

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For teachers to upload their students' submissions


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