and resources for people working with young writers
A list of competitions and organisations which might be of interest to writers of school age – 5 to 18 – I’ll add to this list as time goes on. Please add further suggestions in the comments section.
Writing competitions now open:
The BBC Young Writers’ Award 2018 for young people aged 14 – 18 – deadline 19th March 2018.
For full-time students aged 16-18 – The Tower Poetry Competition is now open. Deadline 2 March 2018.
Thanks to Sue Dymoke for publicising the Golden Shovel Anthology International Student Competition. February 1st 2018 deadline.
The Armistice 100 Prize for Schools Poetry Competition. Poems on the theme of ‘Armistice’. Generous cash prizes and publication in an anthology. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy on the judging panel. Deadline 8 June 2018.
The Betjeman Poetry Prize is now open to poets aged 10 – 13 for poems on the theme of ‘Place’. Deadline July 31 2018.
The wonderful Poetry Foundation has published what looks like a fantastic collection of resources for teachers working with young people of all ages. And here is a page at the Scottish Poetry Library which is full of lesson plans, poems, ideas and resources. Aimed at teachers, there’s nothing to stop young people availing themselves of this poetry treasure!
Keep your eyes open for news about Foyle Young Poets of the Year – not announced yet.
An excellent website to visit regularly is Young Poets Network. Although aimed at younger writers, I find these challenges really helpful and interesting for myself! It’s run by The Poetry Society who describe the site as an
online platform for young poets up to the age of 25. Here you’ll find features about poets and poetry, challenges and competitions to inspire your own writing, new writing from young poets, and advice and guidance from the rising and established stars of the poetry world.
The BBC Writers Room is a good site for people of all ages if you’re interested in writing for radio, TV or film.
I’d like to end by saying how moved and inspired I was by this article written by Kate Clanchy about her work as a writer in the Oxford Spires Academy. I’ve also really enjoyed reading work written by her students which Kate has posted on Twitter. I will be looking for ways to share work written by St Gregory’s students when I can and I hope to be able to share with you some of my experiences as St Gregory’s Writer in Residence.
Adding a link for the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education as it is full of brilliant ideas and resources.