Peculiar Pets 2022 |
Poetry Contest

Elementary School

Peculiar Pets 2022 Video

Turn your classroom into a roarsome hive of creativity!

Inspire your students to get writing poetry with this fun theme...

What would your students’ perfect peculiar pet be?

This is a fantastic activity to boost engagement in poetry as you encourage your students to create animal mash-ups, be inspired by their perfect pet or make their own awesome animal to write their poem about.

They can choose any poetic style or techniques to include. Peculiar Pets lends itself to sense, narrative or riddle poems, acrostics and rhymes as well as showcasing poetic techniques such as imagery and alliteration.

You can go paperless and upload your entries on our website or email them to us... or use the Online Writing Portal in our school's online account so your students can type their poems in your lesson! (If you need a reminder of your school's password please email us!)

The presentation that complements the lesson plan is also available as a Google Slide presentation here.

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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!

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

  • Poems must be your students' own original work.

  • Entries submitted must be on the theme of peculiar pets (this includes all creatures, insects & even imaginary ones!)

  • Each student's name, age and school name should be included on their entry.

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 in this contest will win The Young Writers' Award of Excellence!

Two runners-up will each receive a framed certificate of merit.

Plus every participating teacher receives a free copy of the book their students feature in!

For Students

Our favorite 3 writers will each receive a creative writing goody bag!

Plus every entrant receives a bookmark and students chosen for publication will receive a certificate of merit. (Goody bag image is an example, contents may differ)


Here are the ways you can enter digitally - please choose one:

Send your entries by uploading them:

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Use the Online Writing Portal if you want your students to type their work during a lesson or for homework.

Writing Portal

Email Entries

Alternatively, you can submit your entries via Google Docs - please make sure that we have permission to access and download the files.

By Mail

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

Young Writers Peculiar Pets 2022
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Get In Touch

Young Writers
77 Walnut Street
Unit 11
Peabody MA 01960

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Closing Date: December 23, 2022