Peculiar Pets
Poetry Competition

7-11 Years

Peculiar Pets Video

The purrfect poetry writing activity for 7-11 year-olds!

Peculiar Pets is about to take your classroom on an adventure that’s creative, exciting and lets imaginations run wild!

 What would your pupils’ perfect peculiar pet be?
An acrobatic bunny? A tech savvy puppy? A vegan crocodile? A giraffe that likes to race? A superhero cat?

Pupils can create animal mash-ups, be inspired by their perfect pet or make their own awesome animal to write their poem about. It’s a great theme for sense, narrative or riddle poems as well as acrostics and rhymes. It also showcases poetic techniques such as imagery and alliteration.

It’s a roarsome poetry writing activity you and your pupils will love!


To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Ask your pupils to write/type their poem, ensuring their name, age and school name are included.

  • Ensure that all pupils include their name and age on their entries.

  • Where possible, the school to send / upload / email all their pupils' entries to us.

  • Independent entries are welcome - please provide your home address details instead of the school's / use the independent entry form..

  • Pupils' poems must be their own work!

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize

Young Writers' Award of Excellence and £250 National Book Tokens

2 x Runners-Up

Each will receive £100 National Book Token and a framed certificate

Every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils feature in!

Peculiar Pets Prize

For Pupils

Our 10 favourite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


Every entrant receives a sticker and bookmark.
A certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication!


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

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Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

Writing Tips

Tip #1

With lots of children out of the habit of poetry writing, we’ve got 3 helpful ideas to help get your class buzzing and raring to write.

- Give your pupils a specific poetry style to write in. An acrostic or sense poem is a great starting point for the beginning of term, or for those who would like a challenge why not try a haiku or limerick?

- Get pupils thinking of different techniques they can use when writing their poems. Alliteration, rhyme, and similes are techniques that go well with the Peculiar Pets theme.

- Get creative ideas flowing by sharing examples of other peculiar pets poems, we’ve picked these videos which may help; A.F. Harrold – The Ambitious Spider, Steve Attewell – The Worm that Wouldn’t Wiggle, and Roald Dahl – Crocky Wock the Crocodile. Once you have watched them discuss them with the class and see if you can spot the different techniques they have used.


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Get In Touch

Young Writers KS2
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 23rd October 2020