Peculiar Pets
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Peculiar Pets is about to take your students on an adventure that’s exciting, creative and lets imaginations run wild!

What would your students' perfect peculiar pet be? An acrobatic bunny? A tech-savvy puppy? A vegan crocodile? A bird that's scared to fly? A giraffe that likes to race? A superhero cat?

Your students can create animal mash-ups, be inspired by their perfect pet or make their own awesome animal to write their poem about. It's a great theme for sense, narrative or riddle poems, acrostics and rhymes as well as showcasing poetic techniques such as imagery and alliteration.

It's a roarsome poetry writing activity you and your students will love!


  • Only one entry per student, there is no limit to the number of entries per school.

  • Where possible, the teacher is to send/upload/email all their students' entries to us.

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

  • Poems must be your students' own work.

  • Ensure that all students include their name and age on their entries.

  • Independent entries are welcome - please provide your home address details instead of the school's.

  • Independent entries are still eligible for student prizes.

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For Schools

School Contest Prize


The Young Writers’ Award of Excellence


Each receive a framed certificate

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

For Students

Student Contest Prize
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Our favorite 3 published writers will each receive a creative writing goody bag.

Student winners are chosen from entries received in the Spring Semester 2021.

It's Easy To Take Part...

Download as many worksheets as you need (or set up the Online Writing Portalsee below for further info).

Your students need to write their poems, name, age and school on their worksheet, you then complete the school entry form and mail your entries to:

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

Go Paperless!

Use the Online Writing Portal that your students can type directly into. You can then read and submit the work to us! If you need your login, please drop us an email from your school email address!


Upload your entries to


Email them to us at [email protected].

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To download the contest pack, including Full Contest Information, Student Entry Forms, Lesson Plans, and more…please fill in the form below.


Resources Downloads

Online Pack
Student Entry Form
MS Word Entry Form
Independent Entry Form
School Entry Form
PDF Presentation
PowerPoint Presentation
Student Feedback Form