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Poetry Competition

The Poetry Games inspires your students to write for what they believe in! From voicing their opinions to what ignites a passion within them, students can be inspired by something or someone that really matters to them.

They can write in any style and play with language as they want to as long as they deliver a powerful, passionate poem that proves the pen is mightier than the sword.



  • Only one entry per student

  • Poems can be written or typed on any theme and in any poetic style

  • Please ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the student 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 top 5 poets will be invited to turn their poem into a video, which will then be put up for public vote - the most votes wins! 1st place wins an iPad and 4 runners-up each receive a Kindle Fire HD.

(Winners will be chosen from the entries received during the Summer Term 2018.)

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 SS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Alternatively, you can upload poems to Online Entries



To see the competition pack, including Full Competition Information, Poster, Lesson Plan, 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

To help students escape from the pressure of exams or end of year reports and assessments, use poetry as a way for them to clear their heads, celebrate their achievements or lessons learnt from mistakes made…

From free verse to a narrative poem, encourage students to let go and purge their thoughts through poetry.

Tip #2

A poem that celebrates a person, celebrates success or shares a happy memory influences the reader’s mood too.

What if your students could use the positive power of poetry to make your classroom or your school a brighter place this term?

Ask students to write a poem that oozes happiness from how the summer sun makes them happy and carefree, what makes their favourite person just so great to writing an ode or a funny poem. Can they use their words to raise smiles, morale and show the world  that words can be used for good?

Tip #3

Can you students write a poem inspired by a single word? Not only is this a fun challenge, it shows how differently a single word can be interpreted and the power of the message in their work.

We suggest the word “Outsider”.

This can be interpreted by the students in many ways… what or who is the outsider? A student who’s not in the popular group? A teacher in room of students? Someone who is “different”? What does different mean?

This one word can mean so much yet be so different from one person to the next. Not only a poetry challenge, but a real eye-opener too!

Tip #4

With the World Cup next month, asking students to write a poem about the person they idolise is great way to encourage meaningful poetry as even the most reluctant writers will be able to be inspired by this theme.

From the world’s best footballers, to parents, friends, celebrities, authors and musicians, everyone has a hero, someone we admire and aspire to be like. Who will your students choose to write about?

You could even host a “Poetry Games” tournament, with the best poem (as voted by students) winning a fun prize!

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Contact Us

Young Writers SS
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 students' submissions


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