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Poetry Escape

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POETRY COMPETITION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Give your students the opportunity to let the world know what matters to them!

POETRY ESCAPE has been designed to inspire your students to express themselves through poetry, to provide them with a platform to voice their opinions, thoughts and feelings, to break down barriers, destroy stereotypes and liberate their creativity.


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Rules

  • 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

  • If you are not entering via your school please make sure you state your full name and home address on your entry

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Prizes

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

  • Alternatively, you can upload poems to Online Entries. Or email them to competitions@youngwriters.co.uk

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Downloads

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
  • Inspire students to write a poem about something they are passionate about
  • Engage them with spoken word videos on various themes
  • Watching spoken word helps with theme, word choice and rhythm
  • Helps focus students and provides them with a guide for the writing activity
  • Makes poetry writing interesting and fun!

Tip #2

Mental Health week runs from the 13th-17th May 2019. This year’s theme is body image.

It’s a really relevant and important theme for teens, particularly with peer and media pressure on what the perfect image is.

How will your students engage with this subject? Do they care about their image? Do they feel pressure to look a certain way? Why? What do they think ‘perfect’ looks like?

This is a great opportunity to write thought-provoking poetry and tackle the sensitive subject of mental health.

You also might like to show students this video by Mark Grist called “Is It Okay to be Different?”

Tip #3

Challenge students to use contrast in their writing to add another dimension to their writing.

Contrast is opposites – light and dark, war and peace, wire and silk…

Adding imagery with contrast is a simple but effective way of hooking the reader in, why not ask your students to have a go!


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Contact Us

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

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
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

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Competition Terms & Conditions

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