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The Poetry Games is the exciting new poetry contest from Young Writers.

We know how passionate young writers can be, so we have designed this contest to fully engage students and encourage them to read and write poetry. This pack is full of ideas and inspiration, including poetry techniques and topics to get their ideas flowing. We have been working with schools for the past 26 years and know that writing poetry can help develop literacy skills and offer students a way to express themselves.


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

  • Poems cannot be any longer than 30 lines.

  • Poems can be on any subject and written in any style.

  • Poems must be students’ original work. (If the poem is inspired by a famous piece, please include this on their entry materials.)

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For Schools

The school with the best set of entries will receive the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence

Every school that enters receives a free copy of the book their students feature in.

For students

Your favorite poet wins an iPad and a 1st place trophy!

The 4 runners-up win a Kindle!

Bookmark for every entrant!

Certificate for every published student

Award of Excellence Prize

How To Enter

  • If you are in need of more entry forms, please go to Downloads

  • Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:
    Young Writers
    The Poetry Games
    100 Condor Street
    Boston MA 02128

  • Alternatively, you can upload work to Online Entries

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


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Submit Entries

Ask each student to write their mini saga. Type or scan their work, then do one of the following:

Or mail them to:

Young Writers
The Poetry Games
100 Condor Street
Boston MA 02128

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