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GIVING VERSE A VOICE

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

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?


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Rules

  • 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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

Prizes

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!

Student winners will be chosen from the entries received in the Summer Term 2017.

How To Enter

  • You can enter via post, to:
    FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
    Young Writers SS
    Remus House
    Peterborough
    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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

Downloads

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

War. Bombs. Shootings. Terror Attacks.

The world is portrayed as a scary place, particularly via the media where doom and gloom reign supreme.

This tip can take students’ writing in one of two directions…

Firstly, they could write about the recent terror attacks, their feelings and opinions on these events or a message of peace. It’s an emotive subject and is a great way to let students raise concerns and ask questions, and perhaps alleviate any worries as much as possible.

The second direction the writing could go in is to flip the negative to a positive – what do students love and why, concentrate on all that is great and good in the world, have fun with poetry!

Tip #2

Being a teen is a turbulent time and trying to fit in, is one of the most common themes we receive poetry about so go ahead and ask your students – ‘Does your face fit?’

Then ask them to write 3 or 4 sentences explaining their answer – these will then be the basis of their poem.

It’s a great opportunity to discuss peer pressure, fear of failure, trying to discover who you are, being judged etc and empower students to write a heartfelt poem about what it’s really like to be them.

Tip #3

Do your students know and understand about the snap general election in June? What are thoughts? Do they know who they’d vote for if they could? Do they think the voting system is fair or out-dated? What would they change and why?

You can split students into political parties and ask them to write about that party either as if they are candidate or as a constituent…

Or

You can give students free reign to write a political poem, which give you an insight into how they understand politics and their view of the world right now.

Politics always causes division, but it will create a buzz around writing poetry as this is  a given when you tackle a difficult subject.


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Contact Us

FREEPOST RSLY-AUJA-RAHY
Young Writers SS
Remus House
Peterborough
PE2 9BF

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524
Email: info@youngwriters.co.uk

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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 9th of June 2017

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