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Creative Writing Competition

This activity is a great way to engage your students with poetry writing by finding a subject that appeals to them.

The aim is for students to express their views and opinions using nothing but words.

When your students are interested in what they are writing about and have freedom with their writing style, their poems pack more of a punch!

Closing Date: Friday 20th of October 2017


  • 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


1st Prize - £1000
and the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence for the school sending in the best overall group of entries

2nd Prize - £500
and a trophy

3rd Prize - £250
and a trophy

Plus every participating school will receive a complimentary copy of the book their students feature in!

Our favourite poet in both Team Truth and Team Dare will each win an iPad!

(Winners will be chosen from the entries received during the Autumn Term 2017.)

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
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload poems to Online Entries

Closing Date: Friday 20th of October 2017


To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Posters, Lesson Plans, 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

It’s a new school year – how do your students feel about this?

Will they go for Team Truth and pour out their hopes for the year, or will they opt for Team Dare and tell you exactly how it is?

A new year, a new class, new teachers… it can all seem pretty daunting, ask students to get this weight off their shoulders early on and start this year as they mean to go on.

Tip #2

Ask students to write down their dream, the one thing they want to achieve in life. Then ask them to write down the one thing they fear the most. They must now choose to write about one. Will they bare all with Team Truth or opt for Team Dare? Let them interpret the team and themes as they wish to, it makes for better writing!

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Contact Us

Young Writers
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
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

Closing Date: Friday 20th of October 2017

Competition Terms & Conditions