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Creative Writing Competition for 7-11 year olds

Your pupils are invited to enter the land of Rhymecraft to create their own world and then write a poem inspired by it. From candyland and underwater cities to worlds of snow or dragons, pupils can let their imaginations run wild!

It’s time to take imagination to another level..

See what others think of Rhymecraft…


  • Only one entry per pupil

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

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



For Schools

The school with the best set of entries will win the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence, which they can showcase in their school.

PLUS a huge bundle of books for your school library.

For Pupils

The 10 best writers will each win a Rhymecraft Goodie Bag packed full of fun!

Every entrant will receive a bookmark and sticker! Pupils selected for publication will also receive a certificate!

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 PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, upload your pupils' poems with Online Entries



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Entry Forms, 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

Use the new, colourful Rhymecraft entry forms to help your pupils plan, draft and write their poem inspired by a land they’ve created! Where will their imaginations take them… from water world and candy land to Dreamsville or animal kingdom, pupils can choose their favourite thing to create a wonderful world before writing their poem.

Poems can be in any style from amazing acrostics or fantastic free verse to super sense poems and everything in-between! 

Tip #2

Description in a poem is really important as it sets the scene for the reader – don’t you find imaging a place or person or event that someone else has written about is great fun? Let’s get your pupils using imagery in their poem…

A quick, fun activity is to have a selection of words, e.g.:

  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Spring
  • Winter

Ask pupils to write one descriptive sentence for one of the words. Encourage them to use colours, feelings and their senses to convey description. They can be creative and have winter on the moon or summer at the North Pole etc!

Ask pupils to share their work with the class and give feedback.

Now get them started on Rhymecraft!

Tip #3

Narrative poetry isn’t restricted by a poetic form, it concentrates on using a variety of poetic techniques. Pupils can then write a poem that is telling a story or is packed full of description.

Narrative poetry can be really effective using imagery, metaphors, similes, alliteration and repetition – your pupils might even what to write a chorus!

Tip #4

Split your class into two. Give one the theme of nightmares and the other the theme of dreams. Your class can work in smaller subgroups or one large one to write a poem based on the theme they’ve been given.

This is a great way to get pupils planning ideas, description, poetic techniques and forms as well as be involved in a group discussion. You could even make a display from their poems and of course, have a vote on which theme created the best poem. Make sure you discuss why!

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Contact Us

Young Writers PS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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

Send school entries online
For teachers to upload their pupils' submissions


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