Out Of This World 2021 |
Poetry Contest

Elementary School

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Engage your children with poetry writing this summer...

Let Out Of This World take their imaginations on an adventure!

Your students aged 7-11 are invited to write a poem inspired by anything or anyone! Out Of This World encourages your students to have fun with writing and expressing themselves!

Inspire and motivate your students to love writing, to be confident and passionate writers by unleashing their creativity and giving them a purpose to write.

From cute poems about best friends and pets to those tackling more serious subjects such as bullying or the environment, Out Of This World offers your students the chance to have their voices heard.

It’s time to launch your lesson and create a class of poetry stars with Out Of This World!

If your students need some help, here are some ideas:

Poem Theme Ideas

  • Family & Friends
  • Animals
  • Likes or Dislikes
  • When I Grow Up
  • Their Idol or Hero
  • The Seasons
  • Be Inspired By a Book or Character
  • Superheroes
  • Dreams & Nightmares

Poem Type Ideas

  • A Riddle
  • An Acrostic
  • A Sense Poem
  • A Color Poem
  • Haikus

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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.

  • To enter as a school the teacher needs to send the work to us.

  • Poems can be on the entry form or handwritten on a sheet of paper or typed.

  • Your students' work must be their own poems!

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

For Schools

1st Prize

Young Writers' Award of Excellence!


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

For Students

Our favorite published poet wins a $50 Amazon e-gift card.


Every entrant receives a bookmark and a certificate of merit is awarded for all young writers chosen for publication!


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our student writing portal:

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

By Mail

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

Young Writers Out Of This World 2021
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

Writing Tips

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Tip #1

Discuss similes, personification and imagery with your students.

These are great poetic techniques to bring poems to life – imagery can let readers feel as if they are in the scene the poet is setting, similes create wonderful descriptions and personification can give an identity to unexpected things, such as a child’s toy witnessing a visit from the tooth fairy or how a football feels being kicked around!

Experimenting with these and other poetic techniques is a fun part of the planning and drafting of a poem.

Tip #2

Try making word soup with your students to inspire their poems! To start your word soup you need ingredients, ask each student (or group) to write the following on separate pieces of paper:
• Nouns
• Colours
• Verbs
• Adjectives

We suggest at least 5 of each from the above list, this will make sure their word soup
has plenty of choice.

Making Word Soup is easy, put all the bits of paper in a bowl or box and each student needs to pick 5 pieces of paper out, which will then inspire their work …

Our theme is winter. Our ingredients are:
• Nouns: snowflake, Santa, hat, Christmas, snowman.
• Colours: blue, white, green, orange, red.
• Verbs: ice-skating, playing, laughing, smiling, wrapping.
• Adjectives: cold, tall, fast, crunchy, sparkly.

Our word soup gave us these 5 words:
snowman, red, cold, hat, fast

and our poem goes like this:

It’s a cold winter’s day,
My nose and cheeks are red
As I’m outside, building my snowman,
I add a hat and a carrot nose to finish,
I hope he doesn’t melt too fast!

Tip #3

When a diamante poem is written it takes on the shape of a diamond. It uses two words that are opposites, which you build the poem around.

A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:
Line 1: Beginning subject
Line 2: Two adjectives words about line 1
Line 3: Three verbs about line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
Line 5: Three verbs about line 7
Line 6: Two adjectives about line 7
Line 7: End subject

Bright, quiet,
Shining, twinkling, dazzling
Beacon of light, an orb in the sky
Waxing, waning, glowing
Silent, calm,

Tip #4

Move your lesson outside. Let your students be inspired by nature or what they can see outside, perhaps a sunny day reminds them of a special memory which they can share in verse – there’s inspiration all around us, and moving your poetry lesson outside provides a different stimulus for your students. Brighten up your day with a bit of sun and poetry fun!

Tip #5

Sense poetry is a fantastic poetry type that is suitable for all age ranges to explore.

Write a class sense poem on a space-related subject (or theme of your choice), from aliens and rockets to moonwalks and the planets, there is lots to be inspired by.

As a class, think of descriptions for each sense based on your subject – this can be lots of fun as you ask your students what they think an alien would smell like or what a shooting star would taste like!

Encourage your students to experiment with vocabulary and be imaginative – it’s their sense poem and can be as serious, or silly, as they like!

Get In Touch

Young Writers
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

[email protected]


Closing Date: September 10, 2021