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The Young Writers Newsletter - Teacher

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Dear Teacher,

Did your school take part in the 100th birthday celebrations for Roald Dahl? Here at Young Writers we wanted to do something special so we hid one golden ticket in one of our September orders!

Congratulations to the lucky winner Woodside Academy who have won a 100 Love 2 Shop voucher!

Don't forget for upcoming competition information check out our online teacher planner...

Young Writers Online Teacher Planner

August Newsletter Giveaway!

Well done to Amber Akhter who has won a Staedtler Triplus Colour Pen Set and Becky Mobbs who has won a 20 National Book Token just for opening last month's newsletter!

Next month we will be giving away two sets of Berol Soft Artist Pastels to two lucky subscribers just for opening this newsletter!

Remember to open each month's newsletter to be automatically entered into the draws!

New Poetry Competitions Now Open!

Poetry Safari - 5-7 Year-Olds

Introduce younger pupils to poetry and help them create their own original poem inspired by animals with Poetry Safari!

From wild animals and sea creatures to pets and dinosaurs, pupils can write about any animal they choose. They could even create their own crazy creature!

Prizes for schools - 100, 250 or 500 and Animal Adoption Packages for the best little poets!

Watch the video here.

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Once Upon A Dream - 7-11 Year- Olds

Your pupils are invited to write a poem inspired by their dreams. Whether it's a real-life aspiration, a wonderful world created inside their mind or even influenced by a nightmare or fear, Once Upon A Dream is a fantastic way for pupils to express themselves!

Let pupils' imaginations run riot and unleash their creativity, because with Once Upon A Dream, anything is possible...

Young Writers Award Of Excellence awarded to the best school and 10 National Book Token to the best poets!

Watch the video here.

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Busta Rhyme 11-18 Year-Olds

Give your students the opportunity to write a poem about something they feel passionately about. Here is their chance to voice their opinion, share a memory or dilemma, impart advice, or indulge in writing about something they adore. From ballads and odes to rhymes and free verse, what inspires your students?

Young Writers Award Of Excellence awarded to the best school and 1,000 to the best student!

Watch the video here.

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National Poetry Day 6th October

To celebrate National Poetry Day we will have a fantastic GIVEAWAY on our Facebook and Twitter pages on the 6th October. You could win the below books and even more for your child to enjoy!

It's Not My Fault!
By Roger Stevens and Steven Withrow

Poetry Pie
By Roger McGough

I Don't Like Poetry
By Joshua Seigal

Dinosaurs & Dinner-Ladies
By John Dougherty

Jelly Boots Smelly Boots
By Michael Rose

Don't forget to check out our Poetry Book feature, which recommends lots of poetry books for all ages!

Poetry Rivals 2016

Does your child love writing poetry and would shine on stage? Poetry Rivals is back for 2016 to showcase poetry from 7-17 year-olds, where they have the opportunity to be published and perform their poetry on stage in front of a live audience and judging panel!

TThis year there are amazing prizes up for grabs, including the winner's height in books and an Aspiring Authors Package with Spiderwize or 500!

Find out more at:

Is Your School Supporting World Mental Health Day?

Did you know that nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression and three children in every classroom in the UK have a diagnosable mental health disorder?

On Monday 10th October get your whole school involved and wear something yellow and raise money for those children suffering.

It's easy to get involved including teachers, pupils and even parents, so why not dig out your favourite yellow tie, jumper or even your socks!

For more information and to find out how you can play your part in the campaign, please contact YoungMinds directly on 0207 089 5050 or email

Competition Winners

Throughout this month we have announced two sets of Ghost Story winners, the Grim Tales 3rd place school winner and have sent out all of the runner up prizes in My First Poem 2016 as well as the 1,000 to the lucky winning nursery. The My First Poem winners will be on our website shortly along with all the amazing prizes they have won from bookcases to gardening equipment and garden benches!

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Young Writers Birthday Balloon Release

On Friday 23rd September the Young Writers' team and students from Nene Park Academy headed to Ferry Meadows in Peterborough to release 25 prize balloons to celebrate the 25th birthday of Young Writers. Each of the balloons has a special prize ticket attached, so if you come across a balloon with a special Young Writers tag don't forget to get in touch with us!

A massive thank you to all the students at Nene Park Academy, Peterborough!

YoungMinds is the country's leading Children and Young People's mental health charity. They have been working with schools to help them to build the resilience of their pupils. They have been working directly with small groups of children in primary schools across an East London Borough helping the children to create their own ideas and projects around resilience building in their schools.

In this academic year's poetry competition, Poetry Emotions, we're working with YoungMinds. We're aiming to raise a huge 5,000 to help raise awareness for YoungMinds and the great work they do to support children and young people.

So far we have raised 3578.10 (up to 23rd September) - thank you for your support!

You can view our donation progress here.