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The Poetry Bus 2024 |
Poetry Competition
| Ideal for ages 4-7

The Poetry Bus 2024 Video

Get pupils inspired to write amazing poems by hopping on board The Poetry Bus!

Next stop: A classroom full of confident writers!

This fun activity is the perfect way to introduce your pupils to the easy-to-teach poetry styles of acrostic, riddle or sense poems.  There's an activity and PowerPoint for each one, available to download to make your lesson planning a breeze, along with a host of other free resources all in the Downloads tab. 

The open theme means you can link it to your class topic or allow pupils to write about whatever inspires or interests them. (You are welcome to enter using any poetry style!)

Crafting poems for the chance to be published in a book gives pupils a real purpose for their writing, making them eager and excited to write. 

Request as many entry forms as you need to get your whole class involved and we will post them out to you free of charge. Every entrant will receive a bookmark and sticker for taking part, and those chosen for publication will also receive a certificate of merit. 

The school prize is a magnificent poetry book bundle which includes a copy of each book in the photo. A huge thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing PLCDunhill Clare PublishingFaber & FaberFrances Lincoln Publishers LtdHachette Children's GroupHarperCollins PublishersPan MacmillanQuarto KidsThe Emma PressTroika BooksUsborne Publishing Ltd & Walker Books Ltd for donating these wonderful poetry books that are an incredible asset to any school classroom or library!

We can't wait to read your pupils' poems, so hop aboard the Poetry Bus today!

Closing Date: Thursday 29th Feb 2024

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Printed Resources

Save money on printing, let us know how many you'd like of the resources below, and we'll pop them in the post for you!

Teacher Information Card
Pupil Entry Form

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You'll get access to...

Acrostic PowerPoint
Parent Information Guide
Pupil Entry Form
Teacher Information Card
Sense Poem PowerPoint
Riddle PowerPoint
Word Doc Entry Form
Activity Sheet
Teacher Entry Form
Example Poems

Competition Rules

To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

Closing Date: Thursday 29th Feb 2024
  • Only one entry per pupil, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Please submit your entries altogether where possible!
  • Ask your pupils to write their poem (or an adult can scribe/type it), ensuring their name, age and school name are included.
  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).
  • Pupils' poems must be their own work!
  • Poems can be written in any poetic style and on any theme.
  • Free to enter.
  • UK entrants only.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

    For Schools

    The school that submits the best overall set of entries will win Young Writers' Award of Excellence and a fantastic poetry book bundle.

    PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their pupils feature in! (Remember, you receive 1 free copy for every 30 entries you submit! E.g. 1-30 entries you receive 1 copy, 31-60 entries you receive 2 copies, etc)

    (The winner will be chosen from entries submitted in the Spring Term 2024. The prize will be sent in the following term.)

    For Pupils

    Our 5 favourite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


    Every entrant receives a bookmark and sticker. We award a certificate of merit to all young writers chosen for publication.

    (Winners will be chosen from entries received in the Spring Term 2024. The prize will be sent in the following term. Image for illustration purposes only, contents may vary.)

    Enter Online


    Email your entries to [email protected]


    Upload your entries

      Entrants type their entries online

    Why not combine literacy and ICT by using the online writing portal? Entrants can type their work and you can submit them at the click of a button!

    Writing Portal

    Send by Freepost

    Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    We're looking forward to reading your pupils' stories!

    Jenni, Editor

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    Get In Touch

    Young Writers PS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    [email protected]

    (01733) 890066

    Closing Date: Thursday 29th Feb 2024

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