Welcome to the Premier League Writing Stars competition! Here you can find out how you and your pupils can take part and win some money-can't-buy prizes.
We want your pupils to write poems based on the theme of resilience, entitled Try, Try Again. You might recognise that as the title of the poem used in our TV advert for Premier League Primary Stars – it encourages you to work hard and to never give up, key messages that run through this programme.
The competition will be judged by our high-profile panel, including Children's Laureate and writer of the 'Charlie and Lola' books Lauren Child, former footballer and now childen's author Frank Lampard OBE, Everton star and lyricist Yannick Bolasie and the Young People's Laureate for London, Caleb Femi. Head judge will be Jonathan Douglas from the National Literacy Trust.
There will be a top national prize and 10 regional prizes for each category (Key stage 1 and Key stage 2).
Prizes for national winners:
- A visit to your school by a children's author or poet to lead a poetry workshop, plus the Premier League Trophy!
- The winning poems read aloud by a Premier League star and captured on film
Prizes for regional winners and national winners:
- An invitation to an exclusive award ceremony in March 2018 in London
- The winning poems featured in an illustrated book of Premier League Writing Stars poems
- A framed version of the winning poems
- Premier League football kit
There will also be some brilliant bags full to the brim with poetry books up for grabs for the first 1,000 schools who submit entries!
The judges will be looking for the following:
Appropriate and precise vocabulary – does the poem include vocabulary relevant to the theme of resilience and determination?
Message – is the tone appropriate?
Poetry – does the poem use figurative speech and devices to build a picture in the reader’s mind in a creative and effective way? For example, alliteration, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, personification, symbolism? Does it use the elements of poetry – words chosen for effect, a sense of structure, clever use of rhythm, purposeful use of rhyme (although not all poems have to rhyme)?
Effect – does the poem inspire or demonstrate resilience? Would you feel like never giving up having read this?
Originality – does this entry stand out from the rest? Is it original and unique?
Appeal – will it appeal to other primary–age pupils? Does the reader feel a connection to the poet / poem?
We will judge poems on their creative merits. Primary-age children develop their skills in writing, spelling and punctuation as they go through school and poems will not be disqualified for errors in handwriting, spelling or punctuation. However, we would encourage all entrants to proofread their poem carefully and send us their best copy.
We have created some competition packs with just the right amount of useful resources, including lesson ideas, activity sheets, entry template sheets and inspirational videos. There is also an entry form if you'd rather submit your entries by post.
You might also be interested in our other English poetry packs – have a look at our Key Stage 1 resource Matchday Magic and our Premier League Reading Stars resource Poetry Slam, for pupils in upper Key Stage 2. There is also a Key Stage 2 PSHE pack all about Resilience.
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