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Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019

Poetry Wonderland is here to inspire your pupils aged 6-11 to get writing!

Let pupils explore poem themes in a fun and exciting way before writing their own original poem. Our optional lesson plan gets pupils out of their seats and lets creativity soar...

The theme is open, so let pupils decide what they’d like to write about; tailor Poetry Wonderland to your latest topic, a book or choose from the suggestions we’ve provided in the pupils’ colourful worksheets.

In Poetry Wonderland anything is possible, where will your pupils’ imaginations take them...?

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

  • Independent entrants are welcome, please provide your full postal address rather than the school's details

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

  • Poems must be your pupils' own work

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

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019


For Schools

The school with the best set of entries will win the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence, which they can showcase in their school. They will also win a Huge bundle of books for their school library.

For Pupils

10x Poetry Wonderland goody bags packed full of fun...

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How To Enter

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 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

Creating original ideas might seem daunting for some kids, but it’s about encouraging them to think outside the box and just have fun with their ideas.

Here is a cool video from Mark Grist, who is a poet and an Education Consultant. He created this fun activity for us, to help get pupils thinking of original ideas…


We’re sure your pupils will have some amazing, original ideas in no time!

Tip #2

An acrostic is a fun poem type that is easy to adapt to all ages and abilities.

Pupils can use their name as the acrostic word and base their wacky idea around this. Pupils could pick a word or two from their idea to use as the acrostic word(s) or even use the title of their poem as the base of their acrostic.

The acrostic adds another dimension to their poetry writing and it’s engaging for both the writer and the reader!

Tip #3

We’re going to write a poem based on a recipe!

Firstly pupils need to decide on their weird, wild or wonderful idea, then they need to think of the ingredients they’d need and encourage creativity!

Then pupils need to write a recipe telling the reader how to make their idea. This could be a surfing a volcano or speaking alien, or even polishing a dragon’s false teeth!

Here’s an example:

10 tbsp of courage

500 tons of lava

1 large volcano

1 surfboard

250g of good luck

100g of joy

A pinch of salt

In a really big bowl mix up

500 tons of lava, 1 volcano and 100g of joy

Mix really well, until the lava has cooled a little and is bursting with colour

Fold in the 250g of good luck, carefully and gently, so no splashes escape

Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until wonderfully crispy

Throw a pinch of salt and 10 tbsp of courage

And cover the lava cake in this while it’s still warm

Finally place the surfboard on the top

Cut a big slice and eat. Mmmmmmm!

Make sure it’s not too hot!

Tip #4

Poetry Wonderland is the perfect way for pupils to put into practise all the adjectives they have learnt so far this academic year, to show off their creative skills as they describe their idea with wonderful words!


Instead of


Use huge, large, gigantic, massive, enormous


Use adjectives to describe their idea in detail – what does surfing on a volcano feel like…? Hot, scary, exciting, bumpy, controlled, exhilarating, dangerous etc

Showcase both their technical writing skills and their creativity – two birds with one stone… what’s not to love!

Poems can be in any style from amazing acrostics or fantastic free verse to super sense poems and everything in-between! 

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Contact Us

Young Writers PS
Remus House

Tel: 01733 890066 / 898110
Fax: 01733 313524

Alternatively, you can upload your entries!

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For teachers to upload their pupils' submissions

Extended Deadline - Closing Date: Friday 1st March 2019

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