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The Poetry Trials

  • Only one entry per student
  • Poems can be up to 30 lines
  • Poems must be your students' own work
  • Poems can be handwritten or typed on A4 and need The Poetry Trials pupil entry form attaching to each entry.
  • Poems can be in any theme or style.
  • For more entry forms, please give us a call, email, request additional resources or go to downloads.
  • A school entry form must be completed and enclosed with each envelope of entries you send (this can be found on the reverse of your letter or you can download a replacement), or you can upload your students' poems.


For Schools

  • 1st Prize 1 x £1,000
  • 2nd Prize 2 x £500
  • 3rd Prize 4 x £250

Plus a free copy of the book your students feature in for every participating school. Send in over 50 entries and we'll give you an additional free copy!

For Students

The Poetry Trials Prizes
  • The best poet in each book wins a copy of the book their poem features in
  • The top 5 poets chosen from all the winners will be invited to make a video for The Poetry Trials final. A public vote will decide the champion and they'll win an awesome Apple prize bundle
  • Every entrant receives a bookmark
  • Every student selected for publication receives a certificate of merit


How to Enter

  • Ask students to write / type their poem, ensuring their name, surname and age are included on the pupil entry form
  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form to:
    Young Writers SS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF
  • Alternatively, you can upload your poems.
  • For more entry forms (or any other documents), please give us a call, email, request additional resources or go to downloads.


Writing Tips

Tip #1

The poetic techniques lesson plan and presentation give students a place to start building their poem. From tone and meter to symbolism and metaphor, poetry techniques are a fantastic way to add depth and showcase technical writing ability.

This allows you to easily adapt the activity for different ages and abilities and, of course, you can use the themes we suggest or let students decide. What will inspire them?

Tip #2

The Poetry Trials is a complete lesson that can easily be adapted by a student or supply teacher. So if things don't go to plan, there's no need to worry, as Poetry Trials has got you covered!

Why not take a few minutes now to prepare the lesson plan and presentation as you like it, then it's ready to go, whether you teach it yourself, pass it to a colleague or a supply teacher. How will students be inspired by The Poetry Trials at your school?

Tip #3

There are so many themes that can be inspired by Star Wars…

  • The Future (see theme card in pack or go to downloads).
  • Good vs Evil – from current affairs to fictional characters!
  • Heroes – what makes a hero and why?
  • Space Travel – where will technology take us?
  • Faith – explore religion.
  • Quests – be inspired by hopes, dreams and ambitions.

Encourage students to include poetic techniques and you can even challenge them to write using a poetic style.

Tip #4

Ask students to write a poem inspired by a memory this academic year. From achievements and successes to reflecting on tougher times, this task can help students alleviate worries, relive fun times and capture their memories of this time forever.

For students leaving, this is a fantastic opportunity to write about their time at the school as well as impart advice for younger students, leaving their poetry legacy for all to enjoy.

Tip #5

Colour Poetry is a fun, quirky activity! Students write a poem to express their feelings about a colour using analogies, similes and nouns, which remind them of their colour. This is a relatively easy type of poem to write, but the trick is to be really creative with words to get the reader thinking about the colour being described in a new way!

Here is an example:

White is a fresh start, a clean slate
It is the silence of an empty room where you have to wait
It's a dove, pure and light, flying free
But it can also be bleak, cold and lonely
It tastes of rice and marshmallows, has the texture of books
Like Jack Frost sprinkling diamonds on the floor is how it looks
It feels like cotton wool and the brush of a feather
And smells like clothes fresh and soft from the tumble dryer
It sounds like the crunch of fallen snow underfoot
And the howl of a wolf in the deep dark woods
White is a blank page of possibility and the unknown
It is the future not yet written and the seeds not yet sown.

We have a FREE online Colour Poetry Workshop – it's fun to do and makes both a great classroom and homework activity.

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