Through Their Eyes
Poetry Competition

11-18 Years

Through Their Eyes Video

Whose point of view will you tell?

Create a buzz around poetry writing Through Their Eyes... whose point of view will students choose to write from?

If they need inspirations, then download the free postcards. Some will cause debate, some are light-hearted and others are gritty, perhaps even controversial. From the environment and influencers to being a teen and the animal kingdom, there's something to engage your young adults.

This is a fantastic activity for both classroom and home learning. Use the downloadable worksheet or poems can be handwritten or typed.


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

  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school.

  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed.

  • Poems must be your students' own work.

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

  • School entries, where possible, should be uploaded, posted or emailed all together by the teacher.

  • Independent entries are welcome - please provide your home address details instead of the school's.

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

For Schools

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence

2nd Prize


3rd Prize


We provide a complimentary copy to every school that takes part too!

Through Their Eyes Prize
Through Their Eyes Prize

For Students

Our 5 favourite poets will each win £100!

Student winners will be chosen from entries received in the Spring/Summer Terms 2020.


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our Student Typing Portal:

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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 SS
Remus House

Writing Tips

Tip #1

Word Play

Why not try using a word to inspire students' choice of who or what's point of view to write from?


Abandoned (a child, an item of clothing, an animal, a building, hope)

Celebrated (a hero, a villain, success, a trophy)

Achieved (a sportsperson, someone doing something for charity, beating an illness)

Persecuted (slavery, refugees, racism, Nelson Mandela, transgender) 

Using this word or idea students research & find their Through Their Eyes poem inspiration!

Tip #2

Why not challenge students to use a poetic form?

Acrostic, rhyme, riddle, pantoum, sonnet... so many ways to be inspired!

- Acrostics are a fun way to showcase the name of the chosen point of view!

- Rhymes challenge students, but also make for interesting reading!

- A riddle adds a twist to Through Their Eyes – can we guess who or what’s point of view the poet is writing from?

- A pantoum uses repeated lines, so a fantastic way to drive a message to the reader

- A sonnet the perfect challenge for older or more able students to try!

Tip #3

Using headlines is a great way to see the world from a student’s perspective. Through Their Eyes also gives students the opportunity to write with empathy as they look at a situation from another point of view.


- The EU voted to ban all single-use plastics

-  Eurovision, The Euros and Olympics cancelled

- Schools set to re-open

- Joe Wicks is the nation's virtual PE teacher

- Captain Tom Moore raises millions for NHS



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If you'd prefer to be sent the resources, please fill in the form below (including amounts of each resource required) and we'll get them posted to you:

Get In Touch

Young Writers SS
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 7th August 2020