and resources for people working with young writers
I thought I’d begin to compile a list of competitions and organisations which might be of interest to writers of school age – 5 to 18 – and I’ll add to this list as time goes on. Please get in touch with further suggestions. I’ll keep adding to this page as I find more resources so check back from time to time to see if there’s anything new.
Poetry competitions now open:
Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition. For writers aged 5 – 18. Deadline January 21st 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 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!
Some poetry competitions that I know of are Foyle Young Poets of the Year (deadline 31/7/17) and the Tower Poetry Competition (next competition in 2018). I’ve just discovered the Betjeman Poetry Prize which has a great website.
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. Earlier this year you could apply for the BBC Young Writers Award.
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.