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Poetry Escape
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Closing Date: Friday 19th of October 2018


Poetry Escape invites your students to explore the poetry maze, forging ideas and discovering inspiration along the way. Each of the 8 pathways provides either a theme or a writing constraint, challenging students to break their imaginations free and embrace their creativity.

Poems can persuade, divide, wow and inform - Let your students discover the power and liberation writing can bring with Poetry Escape.


  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school

  • Poems can be on the entry form or A4 sheet of paper

  • Poems must be your students' own work

  • Ensure that all students include their name and age on their entries

Closing Date: Friday 19th of October 2018


For Schools

1st Prize - £1000 and the Young Writers Award of Excellence

2nd Prize - £500

3rd Prize - £250

For Students

Our 5 favourite poets will each win £100!

Poetry Escape Pupil Prizes

How To Enter

  • Complete your school entry form (found on the reverse of your letter).

  • 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. Or email them to

Closing Date: Friday 19th of October 2018


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

Our lesson plans are optional… However, we urge you to use the Poetry Escape lesson plan as it’s:

  • Easy to use
  • Students get to try writing with 4 writing constraints and 4 themes in one lesson
  • Helps focus students and provides them with a guide for the writing activity
  • Row writing is fun and engaging
  • There’s a presentation available in PowerPoint (which you can edit) or as a PDF which complements the lesson plan, making it an all-round, ready to use lesson!

Tip #2

Writing about reality and using themes such as current affairs, identity or bullying are popular themes for teens and convey powerful messages. The poems are serious in subject matter and deal with real-world issues – there is nothing wrong with this and it’s the most common style of poetry we read.

However, we want students to know they can write about subjects that they are passionate about, but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. What do they love… sport, music, friends, animals?

Get students to do a 1-minute smile-ence, where they smile and think about everything that makes them happy. This will lift the energy in the room and then challenge them to write their poem from their happy place – imagine they’ve fixed all the problems, or the world they are is their perfect place, what type of poetry does this inspire them to write? Can they see (and feel) the difference?

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Contact Us

Young Writers SS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110

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 19th of October 2018

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