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Through Their Eyes 2024 |
Poetry Competition
| Ideal for 11-18

Through Their Eyes 2024 Video

Engage your students with poetry writing as they imagine life through someone or something else's eyes...

Engage and inspire your students with poetry as they write from someone else's point of view.

Back by popular demand, Through Their Eyes gives your students the opportunity to step into somebody else's life and write a poem about what they imagine their thoughts, feelings and experiences are. It encourages them to exercise both imagination and empathy and can also spark debate and discussion within your classroom. 

It's perfect for cross-curricular links including PSHE as your students can write from the point of view of anyone or anything using any poetic style or techniques. For example:

📖 A book character to show their understanding of the text they're studying
🐈The secret life of a pet
🤴A historical figure
🧦The inner thoughts of an inanimate object
👩‍⚕️Their idol or hero
😔Someone going through hardship e.g. war, bullying, poverty 

Free resources are available to download, which are designed to ignite inspiration and help your students plan and write their poems, including examples from past winners and a ready-made lesson plan and PowerPoint to make planning a breeze!

Request as many entry forms, posters and idea postcards as you need and we will post them out to you free of charge, so you can get your whole school involved.

If you haven't tried the Online Writing Portal yet (where your students type their work during a lesson or as homework) check it out today at www.youngwriters.co.uk/teachers

Through Their Eyes is ideal for 11-18 year-olds, but students outside this age range are welcome to enter.

Closing Date: Friday 7th Jun 2024

We've worked with over 20,000 schools. Here's what some of them have to say...

Thank you for giving us such a lovely engaging activity. The video lesson plan was great fun too!

Helen Auster, Long Crendon School
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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 Folder
Student Entry Form
Inspiration Cards

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Word Doc Entry Form
Online Writing Portal Teacher Guide
Online Writing Portal Student Guide
Student Information Guide
Idea Postcards
Teacher Entry Form
Teacher Information Folder
Inspiration Cards
PowerPoint PDF
Lesson Plan
Student Entry Form

Competition Rules

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

Closing Date: Friday 7th Jun 2024
  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Please submit your entries altogether where possible!
  • Entries must be your students' own original work. (Please note on the entry if there is anything we need to take into consideration when reading the work.)
  • Poems can be submitted on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or using the Online Writing Portal)
  • Each student's name, age and school name should be included on their entry.
  • UK entrants only.
  • Copyright remains with the author.
  • Free to enter.
  • 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 huge poetry book bundle.

    PLUS every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students 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 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 PLCHachette Children's GroupHarperCollins PublishersPan MacmillanThe Emma PressWalker Books Ltd for donating these wonderful poetry books that are an incredible asset to any school classroom or library!

    For Pupils

    Our favourite 5 poets will each win £50 and a trophy!

    (School & student winners will be chosen from entries submitted in the summer term 2024. The prizes will be sent in the following term.)

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    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

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

    Young Writers SS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    We're looking forward to reading your students' poems!

    Jenni, Editor

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    Young Writers SS
    Remus House
    PE2 9BF

    Closing Date: Friday 7th Jun 2024

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