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Poetry Competition For 7-11 Year Olds

Monster Poetry is a fun competition that will inspire and motivate pupils. Using the free lesson plan and other resources we've provided, your pupils can create their monster and then write a poem that showcases their imaginations as well as technical writing ability.

We have recommended Monster Poetry for Key Stage 2, but Key Stage 1 pupils are welcome to enter too. In addition to Monster Poetry, we also have Poetry Adventures, which is recommended for Key Stage 1, but older pupils can take part as well. Pupils can enter either Monster Poetry or Poetry Adventures - only one entry per pupil for either competition!

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  • 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

  • Don't forget to put your school name and postcode on the freepost sticker or the reverse of the envelope so we know who has sent the entries



For Schools

1st Prize £500

2nd Prize £250

3rd Prize £100

For Pupils

The 5 best poets will each win a fantastic Monster Poetry goodie bag!

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

Monster Poetry is the perfect way for pupils to put into practise all the adjectives they have learnt this academic year, to show off their creative skills as they describe their monsters with wonderful words!


Instead of


Use huge, large, gigantic, massive, enormous


Use adjective to describe how their monster feels… fluffy, rough, spiky, smooth, slimy, bumpy, soft etc

Showcase both their technical writing skills and their creativity – two birds with one stone… what’s not to love!

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

Tip #2

Once pupils have designed their marvellous monster, they need to name it, so why not use their imaginative monster name as inspiration for an acrostic!

The weirder the monster name, the bigger the challenge, but we think your pupils are up to it! They’ll have to get creative with language to find words that fit the acrostic requirements and still make a sense within a sentence.

We have a fun 60-sec video that explains acrostics for pupils, plus a more in-depth workshop here!

Tip #3

As well as Monster Poetry, we have Little Riddlers open for 5-7 year-olds as well. We’ve had feedback from some teachers that KS1 want to write about monsters and KS2 want to write riddles…

We said: “Let them!”

If your younger pupils what to write a riddle inspired by a monster they’ve created, that’s awesome imagination and we love that! Older pupils can write monster-inspired riddles too, we’d just encourage them to write more clues and use imagery in their work.

Happy writing!

Tip #4

Why not ask your pupils to create World Cup monsters!

Pupils can be inspired by a player, a team or even a country that’s taking part!

For non-football fans, suggest they create a beast that hates football too! From eating the referee to wearing the pitch as a cape to trick unsuspecting football fans before scaring them off, World Cup monsters are sure to be a huge hit in your school!

In fact, we’d love to see your World Cup monsters, so make sure your give us a Tweet @YoungWritersCW or drop us an email… we have even created our own and will share them on Twitter for you to see!

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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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