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 in your school with our inspirational 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 all students.


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.

  • Poems must be your students' own work.

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

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 Term 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

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.


- Australian Bushfires

- The EU voted to ban all single use plastics

- Harry & Meghan stepping down from royal duties

- Measles Epidemic in the Congo

- Astronaut Christina Koch returning to Earth from the Space Station

- It’s Veganuary!

Tip #2

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 #3

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!


Please fill in the form below to reveal the resource download links:

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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: Thursday 30th April 2020