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Busta Rhyme gives your students the opportunity to write a poem about something they feel passionately about.

Lyrical poets express emotion through verse on all matter of subjects, from current affairs, religion and identity to love, loss and everything in-between. It's a chance to voice opinion, share a memory or dilemma, impart advice, or indulge in writing about something they adore. From ballads and odes to rhymes and free verse, what inspires your students?

See what others think of Busta Rhyme…


  • Only one entry per pupil

  • Poems can be written or typed

  • Please ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the pupil entry form



For Schools

The best school will win the Young Writers' Award of Excellence, which they can showcase in their school.

Each participating school will receive 2 complimentary copies of the book that their students' poems feature in.

For Students

The best poet will WIN £1,000 for themselves!

School and student winners will be chosen from the entries received in the Spring Term 2017.

How To Enter

  • You can enter via post, to:
    Young Writers SS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

  • Or you can upload poems to Online Entries

  • If you are in need of more entry forms, please go to Downloads / Resources Request

  • Please ensure that all students include their name, surname and age on the pupil entry form



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

Have your students made any New Year's Resolutions? What would they like to achieve this year? Perhaps they'd prefer to reflect on 2016, their highs and lows, using poetry writing as a cathartic exercise to clear their hearts and minds.

Tip #2

Ask students to create a word cloud based on the theme of their poem. Their subject should be something that they are passionate about and inspires them to write. Alternatively, you can provide a theme(s). 

Make sure rhyming dictionaries and thesaurus are available to students. Once students have a word cloud they can look for words that rhyme, have similar syllables to create a rhythm or identify words that appeal to them for their poem.

You can view an example of a word cloud here.

Tip #3

Ask students to pick a photo that evokes a memory. The memory will then inspire their poem. It could be a family celebration, a photo of a loved one no longer with us, a fantastic day with friends, a beautiful sunset etc.

This is such a fantastic way to inspire poetry, we can't wait to see how a personal photo will inspire students' writing! 

Tip #4

Ask students to write a poem about something that makes them angry - encourage them to pour out their negativity into verse; how do they feel once they have written the poem? We hope, like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders.

This exercise is a brilliant way to connect emotions and writing; to have a safe way to express feelings that can be difficult and awkward to deal with.

Tip #5

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, use the theme of love to inspire your students to write a lyric poem. From unrequited love, to their love for a person, pet, hobby or idol this is a great way to engage students and for them to write a heartfelt poem.

On the flip side, students could write about a world without love…

We understand that this may be an awkward subject for some students, so suggest they can write from another person's point of view to avoid any unnecessary embarrassment!

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Contact Us

Young Writers SS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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