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11-18 Years

Empowered Video

Inspire your students to be confident poets and write about something they feel passionately about.

The last 18 months have been hard, particularly for students with school closures, isolation and general disruption to their education.

Young Writers invites your students to write a poem for Empowered, and take back some control over their lives. Empowered helps your students find and use their voices to express themselves through poetry.

Being able to voice a concern, an opinion or a point of view is so important, especially when your students’ interaction with peers has been restricted or even removed over the last academic year, reducing their opportunities to discuss what matters to them.

It’s National Poetry Day on 7th October 2021 and the theme is “Choices” – Empowered complements this fantastic annual event as your students can choose to empower themselves, and others, through their words.

There's a ton of free resources for you to download, including a handy student info guide to explain how to take part, an engaging video, 2 lesson activities as well as example poems and poetry prompt ideas to help support your young writer to write an empowering poem in any style.

If you haven't tried the Online Writing Portal yet (where your students type their work during a lesson or as homework) check it out today at

School Prizes

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence and £100 National Book Token for your class


The Positive Teacher Company prize bundle that includes a subject leader journal, 3 x planners and 2 x academic diaries for you!

2 x Runners-Up

Each wins a framed certificate and a selection of books


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

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the 2021/2022 academic year.)

Student Prizes

Our 5 favourite published poets will each win £100 and a trophy!


Every entrant receives a bookmark and we award a certificate of merit for all young writers chosen for publication.

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Autumn Term 2021.)

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