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Poetry Contest

Elementary School

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Encourage your students to explore their emotions & celebrate their individuality...

With This Is Me, give every student the chance to shine!

Young Writers invites your students to write a poem for This Is Me!

Let your students explore and celebrate who they are as well as express themselves through poetry.

From discussing emotions or writing about someone who inspires them to their dreams for the future or even an acrostic (using their name or a word that describes them), there is an incredible opportunity to get your students writing meaningful poetry.

There are lots of free resources for you to download, including an engaging video, 2 fantastic lesson plans, as well as example poems, and a word bank to help support your students to write their 'This Is Me' poems in any style they'd like.

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 via your school's online account.

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

  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school. Teachers please submit your entries altogether where possible!

  • Ask your students to write/type their poem, ensuring their name, age and school name are included

  • Poems can be on the entry form or a sheet of paper or typed (on a computer or in the Online Writing Portal).

  • Students' poems must be their own work!

  • Poems can be written in any poetic style & use any poetic techniques.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

1st Prize

The Young Writers' Award of Excellence

2 x Highly Commended

Each school is awarded a framed certificate


Every participating school receives a free copy of the book their students feature in!

For Students

Our 3 favorite published poets will each win a fantastic creative writing goody bag!


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

(Winners will be chosen from entries received in Apr/May. Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ.)


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our student writing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Mail

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

Young Writers This Is Me
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

Writing Tips

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Tip #1

Can your students use colors to describe different parts of their personality?

For example:

My loving heart is deep red like a beautiful rose,
My anger at bedtime is fiery orange.

What are their favorite colors? What emotions do they feel? What are they good at? What are their dislikes? These all make great foundations for a color poem!

Encourage your students to use similes and adjectives to boost their imagery.

Tip #2

This Is Me is perfect for getting your students to use similes and metaphors.

Get your students to write a list about themselves, it can either be physical traits, emotions, likes and dislikes or a mix of them all:

  • I love playing Minecraft
  • I have blonde hair
  • I like swimming

Now can your students create a simile or metaphor to describe each one?

  • My love for Minecraft is bright blue like the diamonds I mine.
  • I have hair as blonde as the beach on a desert island.
  • When I swim I am a dolphin darting through the water.

Encourage your students to add adjectives and adverbs to the lines to boost the imagery.

Tip #3

A diamante poem can easily be turned into a personal portrait poem. Ask your students to follow this structure for their poem:

First name
Two adjectives to describe themselves
Describes their position in the family (eg daughter/son/brother/sister of… first child of…)
Two things they like doing
Feels happy when… (other emotions can be used)
Two more adjectives to describe themselves
For example:

Friendly, curious
Daughter of Janet and Kevin
Likes reading books and walking the dog
Feels happy when playing games
Creative, thoughtful

Tip #4

Let’s write a recipe poem! Ask your students to write down anything that describes them – emotions, personality traits, physical appearance, etc.

Now ask them to think about and write down any language and measurements that appear in a recipe for a cake. E.g. cups, tablespoons, pinch, etc.

Also get them to include actions that would appear in a recipe: mix, add, fold, bake, etc.

Now they need to combine the recipe language with the details about themselves.

Encourage them to add descriptive language to extend their lines and vocabulary.


In a bowl mix a cup of cheerfulness
With a pinch of morning grumpiness

Extra challenge: can your students make it a rhyming recipe poem?
Add two sparkling blue eyes
And smiling lips that laugh with surprise!

Get In Touch

Young Writers
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

[email protected]


Closing Date: June 10, 2022