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Poetry Escape

Closing Date: Friday 15th February 2019


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.


  • 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

Closing Date: Friday 15th February 2019


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 15th February 2019


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
  • Helps focus students and provides them with a guide for the writing activity
  • Makes poetry writing interesting and fun!

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.


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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 15th February 2019

Competition Terms & Conditions

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